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Immigration reformists hold vigils at Rep. Paul Ryan's office

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Frank Schultz
November 5, 2013

JANESVILLE—Organizations pushing for immigration reform are holding vigils Tuesday and Wednesday at the office of Rep. Paul Ryan in Janesville.

The Janesville Republican has advocated for changes in immigration law that could lead to legal status for the estimated 11 million undocumented residents of the United States.

Ryan's ideas have come under fire from some on the Right, who accuse Ryan of wanting to grant amnesty, and from the Left, where some say his formula makes the road to legal status too long and restrictive.

The announcement from Wisconsin Network Immigration and Refugee Rights and Voces de la Frontera said the vigil was called to “escalate pressure on Congressman Paul Ryan to work with House leadership to introduce an immigration bill with a path to citizenship and bring it up for a vote this month.”

The release notes that Ryan had said he expected legislative movement on immigration in October.

“Now that October has come and gone, immigrant families in the 1st Congressional District are wondering how long they will have to wait for relief from unprecedented levels of deportation, and legalization with a path to citizenship,” the release states.

"Congressman Ryan remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system," said a Ryan spokesman when asked for reaction Tuesday. "Both parties agree that reform is long overdue, and that's why Congressman Ryan will continue to work with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to move real, lasting reforms forward."

The vigil is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Ryan's office at the Olde Towne Mall, 20 S. Main St.



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