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83,000 calls in two days

A ground swell of support for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 has struck Congress. Congratulations to everyone who called in and made their voice heard!

250 organizations in 40 states call in to Congress for CIR!

New federal bill reignites immigration issue

MANATEE COUNTY — Disc jockey Ramiro Lerma’s phone lines lit up Wednesday when he told listeners about a nationwide phone drive to support newly proposed immigration legislation.

Listeners wanted to know more about the latest federal immigration bill, the STRIVE Act of 2007, and whom to call to give their opinion.

Immigrant rights supporters launched “National Call-in Days” on Wednesday. They planned to continue their effort today to flood federal legislators’ offices with calls of support for the bill.

A national hot line was set up to link people to representatives and senators. For Florida, U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Mel Martinez, R-Fla., are listed contacts.

“We want fair immigration reform already,” Lerma said in Spanish on his show “Mi Gente” (My People), which airs on 1420 AM La Nueva Radio Lider. Lerma also owns the Palmetto radio station.

The bill — the latest in a series of proposals to go before Congress in a year — seeks to find middle ground by enacting laws that address border security and the situation of an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. The measure is currently being considered in...

First U.S. House Judiciary Committee Immigration Hearing on Ellis Island

Activist Groups Call on Congress to Take Action and for an End to Bush Administration Immigration Raids

(Washington, DC)  Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its first major hearing on comprehensive immigration reform in the historic venue of Ellis Island in New York.  The hearing, chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) punctuates a week of important developments in the campaign for a comprehensive immigration reform bill:

**March 28 and 29: more than 60,000 phone calls made to Congress calling for comprehensive immigration reform now.  Calls driven in part by ethnic media and Spanish language television and radio disc jockeys.

**This week, leaked details of an outrageous immigration proposal, written by the White House and a small group of Republican Senators, were revealed.

**Yesterday, the Bush Administration orchestrated another worksite raid arresting 69 Maryland workers, predominantly mothers with families, tearing these families apart and stranding more children.

Statement of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement on the events of the Week of March 26:

“America needs Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW.  We applaud the House Judiciary Committee for holding their first hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Ellis...

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