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San Diego Among Cities To Participate In Countrywide Call For Immigration Reform

San Diego immigration reform advocates plan to march Saturday from Balboa Park to the county administration building to urge Congress to get back to work on passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Aired 10/4/13 on KPBS News.

Rallies and marches for immigration reform are planned for cities across the country on Saturday. Despite the attention on the government shutdown and looming debt limit, advocates hope a solution to those two problems could come in the form of an immigration reform bill.

Despite the government shutdown, advocates are still hopeful that Congress could pass a bill this year that would include improved border security and a path to citizenship for people in the country illegally.

Andrea Guerrero, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group, Alliance San Diego, said if Congress can come to an agreement to reopen the government and avoid a default on its debt, a vote on immigration reform could follow.

“We need for the Republicans to open the door to allow a bill to come to the floor,” Guerrero said.

House Speaker John Boehner has thus far refused to let an immigration reform bill get to the House floor, invoking an internal guideline called the "Hastert rule." The "rule," which some say is really just an idea, suggests the House speaker shouldn't allow a floor vote on any bill that doesn't have support from a majority of the Republican party.

The Hastert rule is being widely cited as one reason Boehner hasn't acted to end the government shutdown. If the House manages to set aside the rule in order to pass a budget and reopen the government, Guerrero from Alliance San Diego hopes immigration reform might also slip through for a vote.

“If that were to happen, we have the votes to pass a bill," she said. "That gives me hope, that should give everyone hope, and it’s just a matter of timing.”

After House Republicans failed to produce an immigration reform bill or vote on the Senate's bill, which passed in June, House Democrats presented their own bill this week. As of Friday, it had 120 co-sponsors.

Guerrero said immigration reform advocates shouldn’t give up.

“Look, I know people are tired, but I think it’s important to take a historical view about this struggle,” Guerrero said.

“When you think about the civil rights march that happened 50 years ago this year, I mean, they marched in August of 1963 and they didn’t get the Civil Rights Act until the spring of 1964.”

It may take that long, or longer for comprehensive immigration reform, Guerrero said.

In the meantime, those pushing for immigration reform hope to renew pressure on Congress by staging marches across the country this weekend. They’re following up with a rally at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

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Brittanicus | October 4, 2013 at 10:27 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Pelosi does not want employers to be accountable, with a mandate to pay the cost of illegal aliens’ hospital care. She voted against a bill that would make employers accountable for the reimbursements if an undocumented employee seeks medical attention. And she voted in favor of rewarding illegal aliens from Mexico
with Social Security benefits. Pelosi has led the Democratic resistance to any
Effective border controls or documentation requirements. She opposed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, signed into law by President Bush, and voted against final passage of a border security and enforcement bill in 2005 which required that all businesses must
use an electronic system (E-Verify) to check if all new hires have the legal
right to work in this country. Governor Moonbeam Brown signed into law for illegal aliens, I think the death toll will rise from mostly uneducated drivers. Go to “The dark side of Illegal Immigration” to view the statistics of illegal alien, hit and runs, menacing California highways. Pelosi is a hard core California Liberal and a hypocrite,
who I am sure, this woman is involved in Drivers Licenses for law breakers;
stealing jobs by using citizens Social Security numbers and the newborn. It's time for a full frontal assault! Tell Congress "NO AMNESTY for illegal aliens! NO REWARDING those who broke the law coming to America!" Congressional Democrats want nothing more than to pass the immigration bill and gain millions more votes that would turn America into a LEFT Socialist wilderness—a country with no borders. Tell Congress "NO BACKROOM DEALS! END THE PUSH FOR AMNESTY!" Be a true American Patriot and fight back? It’s President Obama and his thrall that America bow to his every whim and that there should be freebies for all, even if you slid pass border agents or come to America as an OVERSTAY, with no intention to leave?

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Brittanicus | October 4, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. ― 1 year ago

IS IT ANY WONDER California Senator Nancy Pelosi wants a massive amnesty for
illegal aliens? Pelosi sits near the top of the pile of wealthy Democratic Men and women. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Madam Pelosi and her husband have amassed riches approaching $55 million—much of it from real estate development and Central California Napa Valley Vineyard ownership. Sacrifice a few minutes to investigate (C.R.P) and a list to find out how much money your local representatives have in the bank.) It is near assurance that part of her and her husband's wealth is derived from grape-picking that depends predominantly on the availability of cheap foreign labor There vineyards exploit non-union labor to pick grapes and sell those grapes to
non-union wineries. Pelosi has led the Democratic opposition to any effective
border controls or documentation requirements. She opposed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, signed into law by President Bush, and voted against final passage of a border security and enforcement bill in 2005 which required that all businesses must use an electronic system to check if all new hires have the legal right to work in this country.

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