Activists urge Republican National Committee chief to support immigration reform

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Pramila Jaipal, of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, at a press conference in Washington D.C., March 31.

Immigration activists met with the head of the Republican Party today on Capitol Hill. Activists want an immigration bill introduced by the end of April.

The meeting with Michael Steele follows an immigration march on the Washington Mall by more than 100,000 people two weeks ago.

Representatives of a coalition of immigration groups sat down with the chairman of the Republican National Committee, asking him to reach out to GOP leaders in the Senate to sign on as co-sponsors of an immigration reform bill.

Pramila Jaipal, of the umbrella group Fair Immigration Reform Movement, said it was a good meeting.

"He clearly understands and expressed his strong concerns and interests in having the Republican party move forward on immigration reform that is holistic, that forges a bipartisan consensus and legislation. Now the question is, 'Will he deliver?'”

Activists are running out of time to move legislation. Jaipal said lawmakers must introduce a bill before April 30 if it’s going to be taken up by Congress this year.

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