We are fortified, however, by the fundamental fact that ours is a just cause. Immigrant communities have created a political movement powered by our votes that will hold Congress accountable for allowing immigration reform to be held hostage.
Our movement has proven it is strong and powerful enough to make immigration reform a matter of when, not if.
Until that day comes, however, we must do everything we can to ensure that the 11 million aspiring citizens can live free from fear of losing their families simply because Congress has not upheld its promise to fix our immigration system. Too much damage has already been done.
We will continue working on Capitol Hill for just immigration laws of tomorrow, while pushing the administration to fairly carry out immigration policy today. Both strategies help strengthen our communities and keep families united.
Inaction is not an option. The time for Congress and the Obama administration to do the right thing for immigrant families and our country is now.
Marielena Hincapiť is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.