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Dozens of immigrants from Florida to join rally in D.C. tomorrow



Nearly 6 dozen immigrants and their advocates are arriving in Washington for a rally tomorrow that is drawing people from across the country in a push for comprehensive immigration reform.

Tirso Moreno, general coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida, said about 70 people made the trip, with some arriving earlier this week to press lawmakers and their staff to support reform.

The rally begins at 3 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

"Immigrant families will be the centerpiece of the rally. They will share their stories about how our broken system has devastated their families," organizers said. "Every day that Congress fails to pass legislation, 1,100 families are torn apart, workers continue to suffer abuse and children are traumatized by the loss of a parent."

The rally is hosted by CASA de Maryland and a local SEIU affiliate.

Lawmakers crafting the immigration bill say it could be ready this week, though some, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, would like to wait and work out some sticking points.


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:02pm]


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