Immigration Advocates Vow Fight in Republican Battlegrounds

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Protesters chained together block the entrance of an immigrant detention center on Dec. 10, 2013 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Backlash from House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to put immigration reform on hold has prompted pro-immigration groups to take the fight to Republican doorsteps.

“Obviously, persuasion only got us so far,” Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, said Monday. “What we are now doing is to switch tactics from persuasion to punishment.”


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Yet the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, along with immigration advocacy groups America’s Voice and CASA in Action, plans to take its fight to Republican congressmen ahead of November’s midterm election.

Matos vowed a “relentless and constant” campaign, while declining to say which congressional members would be targeted.

It’s been reported that groups plan to target House Republicans in swing state districts with large Latino populations.

Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, added: “The speaker’s comments were a reality check that we have to redouble our efforts. We need to translate the overwhelming support of the American public for this into public power, and I think it would be a mistake to let Congress — and especially the House — off the hook.”

“We’re not going to go away,” said Appleby.



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