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New Push for Immigration Reform

El Tiempo Latino, Posted: Oct 16, 2009

WASHINGTON -- While about 3,000 demonstrators on Capitol Hill Tuesday waved American flags and chanted "S, se puede!" Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez outlined the basic principles of the comprehensive immigration reform bill he plans to introduce in the House in the months ahead, reports El Tiempo Latino. "You asked me to introduce a comprehensive bill and I am here before you today to tell you I will do it and I won't rest until it is approved," said the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force.

The cornerstone of the project, he said, is to maintain family unity and to urge the government to put an end to raids and deportations. He said the bill would provide the possibility of legalization for undocumented immigrants who don't have serious criminal records. He also discussed the importance of encouraging people to learn English, promoting fair immigration procedures for immigrants who are arrested, creating a guest worker program that includes the legalization of farm workers and the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to undocumented students.

Sponsored by the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign, the immigration rally included other members of Congress such as Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), and Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.).

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