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Immigration reform proponents to rally in Tallahassee, Sarasota



Immigration reform proponents will hold rallies this afternoon in Tallahassee and Sarasota to seek to put pressure on Republican Reps. Steve Southerland and Vern Buchanan to back a comprehensive solution.

"The opponents to a pathway to citizenship talk openly about freedom and democracy while they advocate the creation of an underrepresented permanent underclass," ACLU Florida said in a statement. "Citizenship yields freedom and freedom creates the highest economic productivity. Stand with us and 11 million undocumented people as we demand action from our elected officials."

The rallies are planned for 4 p.m.

The House is moving slowly on immigration reform and there is a growing divide over those who want to offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants -- as the Senate bill does -- or limit it to Dreamers. There are those, too, who oppose any pathway. Rep. Steve King of Iowa caused an uproar yesterday for comments published in Newsmax in which he said, “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

At a House hearing Tuesday Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida said the comments were "beneath the dignity of this body." Video here.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:37pm]


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