03/28/2013 12:20 pm ET

Olga Tañón Heads To D.C. To Fight For Immigration Reform

Olga Tañón makes undocumented immigrants’ plight for immigration reform her own.

The Latin pop star is headed to Washington D.C. to support undocumented immigrants’ fight for a better future in the United States and her message to President Barack Obama and members of Congress is “the time is now!”

“The time is now… because undocumented immigrants are going through their struggle to survive in the United States of America and each day will be more complicated,” Tañón said.

Olga Tañón will ask supporters to put the pressure on the president and Congress to move quickly in passing a commonsense immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States.

Tañón on undocumented immigrants: ‘They all have names, faces and rights’

The Grammy-award winning Tañón is joining El Zol 107.9, SEIU 32BJ radio station and CASA in Action on a mission to help change the future of millions of undocumented immigrants who today are prosecuted and live in the shadows.

The 45-year-old singer will attend the massive rally on April 10, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

“Our President Barack Obama and Congress can change the history of immigrants, but it must be now. It’s time for this country to give these humans the respect and justice they deserve.”

“It’s time to stop ignoring them once and for all, start calling them by their names instead of ‘waiter’, ‘cook’… They all have names, faces and rights. It’s time for union rather than separation,” said Tañón, a known human rights activist who has also lent her support for battered women.

The rally is led by CASA in Action and other organizations including SEIU 32bj, SEIU International, CASA de Maryland, National Education Association (NEA), United Auto Workers (UAW), Communications workers of America (CWA), Alliance for Citizenship, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) among hundreds of individual supporters.

Gustavo Torres, president of CASA in Action, said, “Olga Tañón has showed her commitment and love for her community.”

“The votes that she inspired in November has turned into the real political power that we will be expressing on April 10th and we are proud to do it together with her.”

Tañón said she identified with the humble and hard working women and men, who have been uprooted from their family and have to live away from their children for the lack of immigration reform that protects them and allows them to be legal in this country.

The singer will also show her support with an ad campaign and a series of appearances in community events that, according to a statement, will continue until every family is unified and has the opportunity to the American dream.

In 2009, Tañón performed in the Peace Without Borders concert in Havana, Cuba, alongside artist’s Juanes, Miguel Bose and others. She worked hard in the 2012 elections to get the Hispanic community to vote and now wants to continue to help Hispanic families.

Originally published in VOXXI as Olga Tañón Heads To D.C. To Fight For Immigration Reform



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