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Immigrant advocates keep pressure on Congress

Members of Congress are currently occupied with the federal government's partial shutdown, but that doesn't mean immigrant advocates are pushing them any less hard for immigration reform.

This weekend, peaceful demonstrations took place in more than 90 cities across the nation in effort to convince Congress to get serious about a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Saturday was dubbed "National Day for Dignity and Respect" and it will be followed up by a rally and concert Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington. It is hoped that thousands of immigration supporters will turn up for the event.

Even though there is plenty of enthusiasm behind the push for immigration reform, political experts say that it's not likely that Congress will pass a bill this legislative session. The budget issue -- which caused the government shutdown -- and the Syria crisis have both taken attention away from immigration.

In June, the U.S. Senate easily passed an immigration bill that tightened border security and created a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million immigrants who are believed to be in the country illegally.

However, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives seems far from passing a bill and leaders have hinted that a path to citizenship is out of the question.

For that reason, some immigrant advocates are now placing pressure back on President Obama to take the issue into his own hands by putting a stop to the high number of deportation currently taking place.

Ultimately, it appears that immigrant advocates are eager to keep fighting for what they believe it, whether Congress is ready to take action or not.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Demonstrators Rally for Passage of Immigration Overhaul," Miriam Jordan, Oct. 5, 2013

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