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PSN on April 9, 2013 - 5:00pm
By Eileen FitzGerald, Danbury News-Times, April 9, 2013
DANBURY - More than 150 demonstrators gathered at Kennedy Park Tuesday afternoon, one of scores of rallies in Connecticut and across the nation urging comprehensive immigration reform.
Alberto Bernardez, a represenative for the Service Employees International Union, told the crowd that there is a national groundswell of support for reform legislation.
The rally in Danbury echoed those in neighboring cities of New Haven, Stamford, Bridgeport and Hartford and elsewhere around the country. The "Time Is Now for Immigration Reform" movement also plans to rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Around the country, 16 states, many with largest percentage of undocumented residents, have introduced or plan to introduce resolutions in support of immigration reform.
Nevada, New Jersey and New Mexico have resolutions that passed at least one chamber and other states that have introduced resolutions are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas, according to the non-partisan, nonprofit Progressive States Network.