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Grassroots campaign for immigration reform hits Florida with phone banks in Republicans' districts


The grassroots campaign to pass immigration reform is coming to Florida.

Florida New Majority, a liberal advocacy group, said it plans to set up phone banks next week in the districts of four Republicans: Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor, Tom Rooney of Okeechobee, Dennis Ross of Lakeland and Dan Webster of Winter Garden.

"We know we really need to amp up our efforts," said Kathy Bird-Caicedo, a campaign coordinator for the group. "People are looking very carefully at which way these representatives are going to go."

She said the effort would include targeting Hispanics voters who are likely to vote in 2014, when all House members seek re-election. Hispanics are the state's fastest-growing group.

A poll Florida New Majority sponsored last month found overall support for pro-immigration reform candidates, including those who support a path to citizenship.

But only 38 percent of Republicans said they would be more likely to back pro-pathway candidates compared to 41 percent who said they’d be less likely.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:26pm]


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