Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November 30, 2010, 5:08 pm - New York Times

A Rallying Cry in Support of an Immigration Bill

Activists across the country rallied on Tuesday in a day of support for the Dream Act, the long-languishing bill that would open a path to legalization for young people and may finally come up for a vote in the next several days.

And even though the votes of most of the New York congressional delegation are no longer in doubt — nearly all seem poised to support the bill — civic leaders, immigration advocates and students in New York City contributed their voices to the national rallying cry...more

Groups Make Late Push to Salvage Bill Aiding 


[Undocumented] Immigrant Students

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Protesters marched into an Army recruiting station in Washington on Tuesday.

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A demonstration in Times Square on Monday in support of legislation that would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of students.
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A demonstration in Carlsbad, Calif., on Monday.

Immigrant advocate groups have mobilized across the country in what they call a last-ditch effort to persuade Congress to pass a bill that would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of i

[undocumented] immigrant students, pressing for action in the remaining weeks when Democrats control both houses of Congress.        

The groups held marches, hunger strikes, prayer vigils and protests at lawmakers’ offices on Monday and Tuesday in support of the bill, which they call the Dream Act. Opponents are also in high gear, swamping some senators who have not disclosed their positions with faxes and phone calls.
A vote on the bill has not been scheduled, but Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, has said he could bring it up as early as this week. 

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