On Monday, March 25, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave a speech at the University of Louisville’s Comstock Hall, a guest of the university’s McConnell Center. The Senator, who many consider to be a top contender for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, spoke on a variety of topics to U of L’s McConnell Scholars and to members of the general public, laying down his vision of how to move America forward. Outside in the snow, a group from the Kentucky Dream Coalition, an organization advocating for undocumented immigrants, advocated for immigration reform.
The audience at Comstock Hall stands as President Ramsey introduces Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Tickets to Sen. Rubio’s speech had sold out quickly.
Sen. Mitch McConnell introduces Sen. Marco Rubio, summarizing his tenure in the Senate and his recent policy positions.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) shakes President Ramsey’s hand as he takes the podium. A glass of water was left on the podium, in a reference to Sen. Rubio’s conspicuous drink during his response to the State of the Union in January. Sen. Rubio repeated the gesture before beginning his speech.
Sen. Marco Rubio gives his speech at Compton Hall, with the University of Louisville’s McConnell Scholars behind him. Sen. Rubio discussed a wide variety of topics, from the tax code to immigration policies to energy.
The media occupies a row in the back set aside for them.
As the audience exited the School of Music after the speech, they see and hear a group of protesters positioned conspicuously across the street.
The demonstrators were members and allies of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, a group that advocated for immigration reform, with a focus on the needs of undocumented students.
The chants of the demonstrators drew a number of onlookers and photographers, fresh out of the speech.
The demonstrators protested against a variety of policies, including the incarceration of undocumented immigrants.
One demonstrator holds up a sign advocating for the legal immigration of family members of legal residents.
Red Pen reporter Zoe Schaver (12) interviews an ally of the KDC,
A police officer tells the group to back off the sidewalk. “The sidewalk is for students,” he said. “We are students!” many of the demonstrators reply.