Source: The Christian Science Monitor
On October 2, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "some 900 travelers are criss-crossing the country in 18 buses advocating for reforms, including the controversial legalization of workers in the US illegally." Calling themselves the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, the workers' journey includes rallies and prayer vigils, and comes as the nation continues to grapple with immigrant-driven demographic growth. "The diverse crowd of riders - Mexicans and Bangladeshis, undocumented workers and longtime US citizens - is pushing for better conditions for legal as well as illegal immigrants. Their four-point agenda focuses on workplace policies, civil liberties, faster reunification of families, as well as official status for illegal workers."