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Immigration reform advocates target Dan Webster



Facing bleaker prospects of congressional action, immigration reform advocates today announced they will intensify pressure on House Republicans to take up a bill.

Orlando Rep. Dan Webster was named as one of nine targets, since his district has a growing number of Hispanic voters and because he's expressed openness to doing something.

A news conference in Washington featured Martha Rosales, a young woman from the Orlando area who came to the U.S. as a child with her parents illegally. "On behalf of those children that have had a parent or parent deported and those who live in fear, I ask Rep. Webster and other Republican House members to take action," she said.

The coalition, which includes the unions AFL-CIO and SEIU and groups such as Mi Familia Vota, said it would contact 10,000 voters in Webster's district through the end of the year, urging them to pressure the lawmaker.

Webster said expressed openness to a bill that would provide a path to citizenship, a breakthrough of sorts, but made it conditional on tougher security and other measures. House leaders have sent mixed signals on whether legislation will come up this year, and time is running out.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 7, 2013 3:25pm]

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