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    Immigration Rally Scheduled in Washington

    Immigration rally scheduled in Washington

    March 19, 2010 10:41 a.m. EDT

    Sen. Charles Schumer, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham have laid out plans for immigration reform.

    Washington (CNN) -- Thousands of people are expected to pour into Washington for a Sunday rally demanding immigration reform, launching the first public battle over the issue since the announcement of a new bipartisan plan endorsed by President Obama.

    While the nation will be focused largely on a more immediate debate -- an expected vote over health care reform -- the march on the National Mall will be setting the stage for a fight over another of the most contentious issues facing the country.

    The organization Reform Immigration for America, which supports a path to citizenship for those in the United States illegally, says the changes it wants to see will help bring about "economic justice for all Americans."

    In response, the Federation for American Immigration Reform -- which staunchly opposes amnesty -- called on Americans to contact their representatives and demand tougher borders and an end to illegal immigration. FAIR says it seeks "effective, sensible immigration policies that work for America's best interests."

    "The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation," the two senators behind the new immigration plan wrote Friday in the Washington Post.

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, lay out broad ideas for fixing a "badly broken" system.

    "Our plan has four pillars: requiring biometric Social Security cards to ensure that illegal workers cannot get jobs; fulfilling and strengthening our commitments on border security and interior enforcement; creating a process for admitting temporary workers; and implementing a tough but fair path to legalization" for the 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally, the two lawmakers wrote.

    The plan will "require an effective employment verification system that holds employers accountable for hiring illegal workers," the senators write, including a "tamper-proof ID system."

    The plan also would create "a zero-tolerance policy for gang members, smugglers, terrorists and those who commit other felonies after coming here illegally."

    "Ending illegal immigration, however, cannot be the sole objective of reform," they wrote. "Developing a rational legal immigration system is essential to ensuring America's future economic prosperity."

    After meeting with Schumer and Graham -- both powerful figures within their parties -- earlier this week, President Obama issued a statement saying he was "pleased" to see their "promising, bipartisan framework which can and should be the basis for moving forward. It thoughtfully addresses the need to shore up our borders, and demands accountability from both workers who are here illegally and employers who game the system."

    The "critical next step," Obama said, is turning the framework into legislation. He called on Congress "to act at the earliest possible opportunity."

    The push forward on immigration also helped the president woo a key vote for health care reform.

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, agreed to support the House health care bill after meeting with Obama and discussing immigration reform.

    "After extensive discussions with the president, I believe we have a health care bill I can vote 'yes' for, and I believe we have a commitment to move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform package as soon as possible," Gutierrez said in a statement Thursday.

    Gutierrez added that he believes Obama "gets that we cannot ensure the health of our nation if we continue to ignore the 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. And he agrees that if we are going to have health care that works, if we are going to have a system that cuts costs and streamlines the delivery and keeps our children healthy, then we fundamentally need to enact comprehensive immigration reform."

    Estimates of how many illegal immigrants are in the country vary. In January, the Department of Homeland Security said the number "decreased to 10.8 million in January 2009 from 11.6 million in January 2008."

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    What a day tomorrow....

    The march and the health-care vote. How will we all feel at this time tomorrow night?

    The anger of Americans grows.
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    120 Chicago buses head to D.C. immigration march
    March 20, 2010 9:30 PM | No Comments

    Lao Wei's family embodies the brightest and darkest aspects of U.S. immigration. That is why he boarded one of 120 buses Saturday headed from the South Side to a Washington, D.C., immigration march that is expected to draw tens of thousands of marchers from around the country.

    From China, Wei, 27, is a software programming student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and hopes to become a computer financial analyst. He is in Chicago on a student visa.

    "There is a big future for financial programming," Wei said about his plans, sitting inside a modest Bridgeport apartment he shares with his wife and recently born son. "Not many people know how to do this work, or want to."

    For Wei's 44-year-old half-brother, life in the U.S. has not been so bright.

    Fleeing poverty, the brother arrived illegally from China nine years ago. After a harrowing trip orchestrated by "snakehead" smugglers, he has toiled 14-hour days for sub-minimum wages inside Chicago restaurants.

    "His life here has been a kind of torture," Wei said.

    Immigrant advocates hope Sunday's march will pressure President Barack Obama and federal lawmakers into taking up their demands for comprehensive reforms in the coming months. They argue that problems with the nation's immigration system have festered long enough -- with ongoing deportations hurting families and a booming black market in fake IDs threatening national security.

    Groups in favor of tougher enforcement of immigration laws, meanwhile, have used the march plans to rally their supporters. Roy Beck, president of the Virginia-based NumbersUSA group, described Sunday's march as "the opening kickoff" in any renewed immigration debate in Washington.

    On Thursday, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., outlined a new bill that is the latest effort in a campaign for proposals that have been defeated twice in recent years.

    Among other things, the new bill calls for biometric Social Security cards and for requiring illegal immigrants to pay fines and perform community service before they're allowed a chance at lawful permanent residency. Obama issued a statement on Thursday pledging to get such immigration legislation moving through Congress this year.

    Immigrant advocates said they were encouraged by Obama's remarks, but express frustration that the president has not fulfilled a promise to act on immigration reform earlier.

    "We need to see action," said Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

    John Darger said he has seen some of that anger in Crystal Lake, so he also plans to be on his way to Washington.

    A teacher of English as a second language at McHenry County Community College, he cited stories from his Latino students about routine physical or verbal attacks, and resentful comments he's heard about newcomers from his neighbors. "The country needs to move beyond this divide," he said.

    Up to 6,000 area residents left Saturday on the roughly 120 charted buses for Washington, at least half departing in a caravan from an evening rally outside U.S. Cellular Field. The turnout was the result of a weeks-long scramble for funds by immigrant activists and religious groups.

    Marilyn Navarro, 16, raised the $183 it took to get a bus seat for herself and a 25-year-old cousin by putting out a donation jar inside her parents' Pilsen restaurant.

    Navarro was inspired to go because her cousin arrived illegally with his parents as an 11-year-old. "It makes me so sad to know that there are millions of people out there like him," she said.

    Beck's group plans to engage the pro-reform marchers, potentially setting the scene for a shouting match. He said he plans to be out in the crowd, "debating all comers," and after a two-week fundraising campaign, his group will lobby members across the country, urging them to fight any new bill, he said.

    "Our members have been kind of waiting, waiting, waiting, for the other shoe to drop," he said.

    --Antonio Olivo

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    Thousands Protesting For Immigration Reform
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:46:51 PM

    Reported by Dave D'Marko

    ORLANDO -- Delia Torres was the child of immigrant farm workers.

    It’s the profession of so many people over the years who have immigrated to this country, often Florida, hoping to live the American dream.

    "They would pay me a dollar or so to pick up their bunches for them," Torres said.

    "America opened the doors for me, and I think America is the big melting pot,
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    When I first started reading the news articles and stories about this march, they often quoted 100,000 protesters would be in DC.

    Tonight as I read these stories, hardly anyone is quoting 100,000. The estimate has been dropped to tens of thousands.

    A few stories quote the number of buses from a city or county. I predict the turnout will be low. They had to raise some of the money them selves. One story said each participant paid $100 toward the effort.
    ( $100 wasn't the cost, it was each individual's fee)

    Wash. will not have a spare sec. for the protestors. The media will be covering healthcare. Coverage is slim on Sunday's anyway. Plus they will be competing with the war protest.

    Pleanty of buses have been dispatch, but I suspect the turn out will be far short of 100,000. I'm also praying for RAIN.

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    [quote]"America opened the doors for me, and I think America is the big melting pot,
    "A Nation of sheep will beget a government of Wolves" -Edward R. Murrow

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    "We are saying ‘we are with you, we are supporting the effort of Obama and Congress who they need, they know farm workers and construction workers do the work no one wants to do," said Heriberto Nava, Mexican immigrant.
    American's don't want to do construction work? Tell that to many ALIPAC members who are AMERICAN CITIZENS that worked in the construction field their entire lives and now can barely make ends meet because of illegal invaders like Heriberto Nava!

    You'll never get amnesty Heriberto! Go back to mexico where you belong and demand your corrupt mexican gov., provide you opportunities. You're knocking on the wrong door!
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    "Ending illegal immigration, however, cannot be the sole objective of reform," they wrote. "

    It is obvious these politicians have not been listening to the people.

    All they listen to is LaRaza
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    cannot become thoroughly Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. President Woodrow Wilson

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    Huge rally in D.C. for immigration reform

    Published: March. 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- A demonstration in Washington Sunday drew tens of thousands of immigration reform supporters who urged U.S. officials to update immigration law.

    Addressing the crowd on the National Mall, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said the estimated 10.8 million immigrants in the United States illegally should be permitted "to come out of the shadows into the light and for America to embrace them and protect them" with a path to citizenship, The Washington Post reported.

    Gutierrez urged the White House and Congress to take action now on immigration reform.

    "We've been patient long enough. We've listened quietly. We've asked politely. We've turned the other cheek so many times our heads are spinning," Gutierrez said.

    Addressing the demonstration by video feed, President Barack Obama repeated that he is committed to getting comprehensive immigration reform enacted, the Washington Examiner reported.

    The demonstration was organized by Reform Immigration for America. Service Employees International Union, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Democracia Ahora and the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles took part in the rally.

    There were no official estimates of the size of the crowds, since Washington authorities do not provide crowd estimates. The Examiner estimated the crowd at more than 200,000.

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