Uvalda, Georgia Mayor Paul Bridges, a prominent American Families United member, was part of a delegation gathered in the White House Tuesday morning as President Obama urged passage of immigration legislation in the U.S. Congress.
Mayor Bridges received a call from the White House earlier in the week inviting him to the presidential event and offering him a seat on the platform behind the President during his address. Before the speech, invitee’s gathered in the Blue Room to shake hands and exchange pleasantries with the President. The President addressed the group, reminding them that getting immigration reform passed won’t be easy, but will be worth it in the long run.
After the event, the mayor lobbied on Capitol Hill, reminding legislators and white house staffers of the need to protect sections 2314 and 2315 of the Senate bill.
“I came away with the full knowledge that our individual stories are the most powerful weapons we can use,” stated Mayor Bridges after the experience.
His advice to American Families United members: “Tell your story. Find a way for ‘them’ to listen. I am confident that there will be a bill on the president’s desk and what it looks like will be determined by how successful we are at getting our stories told.”