By Edward L. Pitts and Karina Gonzalez
Immigrant and refugee rights leaders from Georgia and Tennessee met today with several area lawmakers in Washington and visited Tennessee lawmakers’ offices to express their support for immigration reform.
A group of about 25 members from the Alliance 17th of March, a group of Hispanic leaders in Georgia, traveled to Washington, D.C., where they met with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and a spokeswoman for Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.
The group is interested in the passage of immigration reform that includes a path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants who have been in the country for many years, group member the Rev. Julian Herrera said.
In Tennessee, about a dozen members of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition visited the offices of U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bill Frist and spoke with representatives for the lawmakers.
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