Voices Opposing Immigration Law Muted This August

By: AP
By: AP

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Opposition to immigration overhaul legislation has been relatively muted this summer.

A rally billed as a "Stop Amnesty Tour" in a public park in Richmond, Va., drew only a sparse crowd earlier this month.

Some activists have wondered if Congress' summer recess would be a repeat of 2009, when angry crowds trashed President Barack Obama's health care bill. But so far that's not materialized, and pro-immigrant advocates say they're having some success changing minds of House Republicans.

Still, it's unclear whether advocates who want legislation with a path to citizenship will be able to generate enough momentum to make that happen. House Republicans are in no hurry to take up a far-reaching bill passed by the Senate last June, and Congress has a crowded plate this fall with fiscal issues.

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