SAN ANTONIO -- While the United States Senate debates whether to pass widespread immigration reform in Washington, D.C., a tour bus full of nuns has been criss-crossing the U.S. since late May, encouraging people to demand new immigration laws at every stop.
Sunday the bus rolled through San Antonio.
"The posturing in Washington, that's politics. What we know, we the people are going to demand it," said Sister Simone Campbell of the Network Nuns on the Bus.
The group rallied at St. Leonard's Catholic Church on S. Zarzamora Street.
The nuns were joined by local lawmakers as well as Reps. Joaquin Castro and Pete Gallego of Texas.
Gallego's district shares a border with Mexico for 800 miles, more than any other congressional district in the United States.
Gallego said business leaders in his district have encouraged him to play a role in getting reform through the U.S. House of Representatives.
"A system that expands and contracts with the market is something, and hopefully immigration reform will get us that," Gallego said.
Proposed legislation could pave the way to U.S. citizenship for more than 11 million people already living in the U.S.
"If this bill goes down, it's really going to hurt Texas," said Congressman Castro.
Debate in the Senate is expected to resume Monday.
Lawmakers in favor of the legislation are hoping it passes through the House before congress recesses in August.
The Nuns on the Bus planned to rally in Laredo on Sunday evening, before moving on to El Paso.
The journey is expected to end in San Francisco in mid-June.