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Pro-immigration reform groups winning rallying efforts

Congress is in recess the month of August, and advocates on both sides of the immigration reform issue have taken the time to rally for their sides. Although the U.S. Sentate has already approved an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for approximately 11 million undocumtned immigrants, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are still reluctant to approve immigraiton reform, especially the "amnesty" portion.

For that reason, pro-immigration and anti-immigration grassroots groups have been trying to convince Republicans in the House to side with them. At this point, it appears one side has been much more sucessful in its rallying efforts than the other. While there have been several large pro-immigration reform rallies held throughout the nation this month, the same cannot be said about the anti-immigration side.

In fact, anti-immigration reform groups have reportedly been cancelling rally events because of lack of turnout. One group, the Tea Party Patriots, had orgiginally planned rallies this month in South Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvnia, but the events have since been taken off of the group's public caldenar.

In an interview with ABC News, a Tea Party spokesman even said that the group is now putting more focus on defeating Obamacare than immigration reform.

On the other hand, pro-immigration reform groups have held rallies drawing hundreds of people and more are planned.

Additionally, reform advocates say that there are now 23 Republican members of Congress who support a path to citizenship for undocumtned immigrants, several of whom came out in support this month.

The head of the immigrant advocacy group America's Voice said the current climate is much different than it was in 2007, the last time immigration reform was seriously considered.

"I knew we were going to do really well [mobilizing people]; I just didn't think the other side wouldn't show up," he said.

Source: The Atlantic, "Immigration Reformers Are Winning August," Molly Ball, Aug. 21, 2013

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