While the political battles and gridlock in Capitol Hill persist in the wake of the government shutdown fiasco, a new dialogue is emerging about the immigration reform bill stuck in the House of Representatives. In this current political landscape, the prospects for passing immigration reform this congressional session appear slim. If legislation doesn’t pass in November, it may not be until 2015 before Congress revisits it again, since 2014 is an election year. Over the past two weeks, young people and immigrants have participated in large-scale nonviolent actions across the country, stopping deportation buses with their own bodies, sitting in front of them and chaining themselves to the wheels. These high-risk nonviolent actions carry a sense of urgency on par with the nonviolent actions of the Civil Rights movement.

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