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Residents to rally for immigration reform SENTINEL STAFF REPORT July 18, 2004

Residents to rally for immigration reform SENTINEL STAFF REPORT July 18, 2004
July 18, 2004


Residents to rally for immigration reform
SENTINEL STAFF REPORT
WATSONVILLE — A march is planned through city streets today in support of immigration reform.

The United Farm Workers organized the march to push for passage of the federal Agricultural Job, Opportunity, Benefits and Security Act, SB1645, which would grant agricultural workers temporary work permits and open a path to permanent residency.

The AgJOBS bill, as it is commonly known, has strong bipartisan backing, and is supported by a wide range of groups from labor unions to the California Farm Bureau. But the bill has stalled in Congress. Earlier this week, the Senate’s Republican leadership blocked an attempt to tack the legislation onto a tort reform bill.

The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council also supports the march.

Marchers plan to gather in the downtown plaza at 11 a.m. and march through neighborhoods before returning to the plaza for a rally.


For coverage of today’s rally, see Monday’s Sentinel.

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