Pearce Facing Protests Over Immigration

Oct 3, 2013

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

The lone Republican of New Mexico's congressional delegation is facing an aggressive campaign from advocates who want him to support an immigration reform bill that grants citizenship.

Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents the state's border region in the state's most Hispanic congressional district, has been bombarded in recent weeks by advocates who have camped outside his New Mexico offices and crowded his town hall meeting. They also have had one-on-one meetings with him in an attempt to get the Republican to endorse a measure that would give immigrants in the country illegally a path to citizenship.

And this weekend, activists are planning to bus in even more advocates from as far away as Farmington for a rally Sunday in Pearce's hometown of Hobbs, a southeastern New Mexico city that rarely sees immigrant marches.

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