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Another group targets Martinez

The Florida Immigrant Coalition is holding prayer vigils outside the offices of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez today and tomorrow to try to pressure him to support comprehensive immigration reform in Congress this year.

Events took place in Tampa and Miami today. Tomorrow there will be another vigils outside a church in Tallahassee as part of a national effort during "Faith and Family Week."

"We know Sen. Martinez has strong family values and cares about the moral fabric of our community, we hope he will put those values in action by playing a leadership role in making this reform happen," said Pastor Moises Secundino, one of the Tampa area pastors hosting a vigil.

Martinez said it's unfair for groups to be targeting him and, he said, it may hurt efforts to pass a bill in Congress.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:48pm]


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