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(Update April 17th): CREDO Action has sent out an alert to its members indicating that a key hearing on immigration reform will be held tomorrow by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and point out:

This is an important moment to put the heat on Senator Chuck Grassley. Sen. Grassley is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As a key member of the Republican leadership who will play a big role in this immigration battle, he should know that we will not accept any watered-down immigration reform that does not include a viable roadmap to citizenship for our country's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

 

They have asked members to call Senator Grassley to ask that he protect the roadmap to citizenship provision in the immigration bill.

 

 

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(Update April 15):

ABC News reports that the "Gang of Eight" bipartisan group of Senators will introduce the long-awaited bill for comprehensive immigration reform– including a roadmap for citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented workers– this Tuesday, April 16th. 

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The cry for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States is reaching a crescendo as activists await the imminent introduction of legislation in the Senate that could change millions of lives.  Now that business and labor groups have come to an agreement about a proposed guest worker program, Senators Lindsay Graham and Chuck Schumer– two members of the "Gang of Eight" leading the push for a bipartisan bill– say that "every major policy issue has been resolved," while Senator Marco Rubio, another member, believes reports of agreement are “premature”, but that the Senators are “closer” to a final draft of a bill.   Roll Call reports that a bill may be unveiled as early as this week (the week of April 8-12).

 

Organizing for Action, a group pushing hard for reform, recently rallied across Florida to get an effective resolution that includes a map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers in the United States.  The group has put particular focus on demonstrating outside the offices of Senator Rubio and Rep. John Mica. 

 

These rallies coincide with another demonstration to be held by a coaltion of groups under the name A10 and All in for Citizenship next week.  On April 10th, thousands of individuals are gathering in Washington, DC, in front of the Capitol, to support a roadmap to citizenship whereby qualified immigrants can earn full rights and responsibilities in the United States.

 

Here are the A10 rally details from CREDO action:

What: Rally in DC in support of real immigration reform.
When: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10.
Where: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC.

A video of the A-10 rally:

A video promoting the rally:

 

Learn more about organizations calling for a roadmap to citizenship in our media gallery below.