Aug. 22, 2013 – Members and supporters of the Georgia Latino Alliance of Human Rights called on 9th District Republican Congressman Doug Collins’ downtown Gainesville office Wednesday hoping to change his mind about supporting the U.S.Senate’s sweeping immigration reform bill.
They did get an indication from District Director Darren Kendall that the Congressman is willing to listen.
GLAHR spokesman Amilcar Valencia told the Times the community has to talk and say what it wants, and Collins at least listens to what constituents have to say.
Valencia said if more people talk to him, call the office and say they’re in favor of immigration reform and want him to consider the Senate bill, that would be a starting point.
Just so you know, Collins opposes a provision that would offer eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants.
According to Washington AP reports Congress’ month long August recess could be crucial and supporters of the bill aim to exert influence in dozens of congressional districts.
The Senate in May passed a sweeping bill with provisions aimed at securing the border, requiring employers to verify their workers’ legal status, allowing many more workers into the country legally, and offering eventual citizenship to the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally.
Many members of the House’s Republican majority oppose citizenship for people who crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has ruled out taking up the Senate bill in the House. Instead, he’s declared that the House will move in a piecemeal fashion, beginning with border security.
Copyright Glory 1330 2013