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Planned flash mob for immigration reform foiled

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

SkyFOX flew over the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo looking for a planned 'flash mob,' a group of dancers, hoping to use moves to push their immigration reform message. Instead, the pilot saw Houston police standing guard.

"They just addressed security issues, but we're working around it and we're going to continue to be on the bridge," said Jose Sanchez, of Mi Familia Vota.

Sanchez's father was born in the United States. He was not. And as a community activist, a 'no dancing on private property' rule wasn't going to stop him from asking others to call lawmakers.

"I came here when I was nine years old with my younger brother and sister and my mother," Sanchez said. "We came here to live with my father so we could be together as a family. We just want a fair immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship so we can keep our families united."

There are folks who don't agree with Sanchez's ideas. Mark Jones, chair of the Rice University political science department, expects to hear more from those on both sides of the issue until lawmakers come up with a plan.

"What these groups are trying to do is make sure this is a front burner issue and it doesn't fall to the wayside like what happened during the first Obama administration," Jones said. "Events like this help maintain pressure on both parties to try to pass some kind of immigration reform."

And so Sanchez and the rest of his group walked, instead of danced. They posed for pictures. They made their pitch for folks to call a telephone number on their t-shirts and then made plans to 'move their feet' on elsewhere.

"If you want to see us dance, we'll be in the parking lot, on the sidewalk, on private property," they shouted, as Houston police watched their feet.

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