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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 Island and for reminding us of our nation’s history of immigration…

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