Immigration Activists Ditch Persuasion for Punishment

Immigration advocates are vowing to step up their activism, on the heels of House Speaker John Boehner's refusal to take up immigration reform for now. "Republicans may have decided they will take the political gamble of ignoring immigration reform at their own peril. They need to know that choice has serious consequences," one activist said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. She and other advocates who make up the Fair Immigration Reform Movement have pledged to launch escalating "relentless and constant confrontations" against every lawmaker who won't support immigration reform, starting Tuesday. They promised to start their protests in Washington and then take them to lawmakers' districts next week, while Congress is on recess. Their first protest: A chant of "citizenship now, families together" at the opening of a House subcommittee hearing on asylum fraud.

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