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September 09, 2006

Immigration marchers end 50-mile walk to Hastert's office

In the Associated Press/Bellevillenewsdemocrat there is an article about the march to the office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert. This march is important in that it highlights Speaker Hstert who is one of the pricipal opponents of comprehensive immigration reform.

"BATAVIA, Ill. - Immigration reform marchers on Monday ended their four-day, 50-mile walk to the suburban Chicago office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

About 150 people walked all four days and others joined in along the way, culminating in a crowd of about 3,000 people at Hastert's Batavia office, said Gabe Gonzalez, the midwest regional organizer for the Center for Community Change.

Organizers have said they marched to Hastert's office from Chicago to highlight what they say are his anti-immigration stances. The Illinois Republican has suggested fences, pedestrian inhibitors and the use of the Army Corps of Engineers and Border Patrol to help close off the border with Mexico.

"We think it was incredibly successful," Gonzalez said of the march because of the attention drawn to Hastert.


Posted by VisaLawyer at September 9, 2006 08:38 AM


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