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Activists seek to recharge immigration reform legislation, announce October events, rallies

Activists seeking to recharge immigration reform legislation plan to hold dozens of rallies, vigils, protests and marches around the country in early October.

Some 80 different events in 100 cities are planned for Saturday, October 5, the day organizers have dubbed the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Activities include an all-night vigil in Apple Valley, Calif., a “March of the Stars!” in Los Angeles and a march to the state Capitol in Georgia.

A concert and rally from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 8 on the National Mall featuring norteño band Los Tigres del Norte will wrap up activities.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., said the activities will underscore the urgency for Congress, and in particular Republicans, to advance immigration reform legislation.

“The country is ready, the immigrants are ready, the Democrats are ready, the Senate has acted, now House Republicans need to step up and join the rest of us moving forward to fix our immigration system,” Gutiérrez said in a statement.

Congressional debates over paying for the new health care insurance law and the possible shutdown of the federal government have drowned out any attention to immigration reform. The Senate has passed a bill but the House has refused to take it up, preferring to take a slower step-by-step approach that gives priority to enforcement.

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