NM Immigrant Advocates Eye Congressman Pearce's Support

Jul 16, 2013

Immigrant advocates in New Mexico are launching a campaign to try to win over Republican Congressman Steve Pearce.

A coalition of religious leaders and activists has scheduled Wednesday a candlelight vigil outside of Pearce's Roswell office and say they hope to meet with the congressman's staff to discuss the U.S. Senate's immigration reform proposal.

In addition, the group Somos Un Pueblo Unido has planned Wednesday to hold a rally outside of the Republican Party headquarters in Hobbs to draw attention to immigrant oil and gas workers who could benefit to changes in federal immigration laws.

Marcela Diaz, executive director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, say immigrants want to meet with the GOP representative to share their stories.

The New Mexico congressman says he doesn't support the Senate bill, which gives immigrants in the country illegally a pathway to citizenship.

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