At a rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday a coalition of groups seeking to pressure the
On the other hand, Salas said: "If [Republicans] work with Democrats to get it done, they could begin to regain their competitiveness among the fastest-growing group of voters in America."
Salas and other activists spoke outside Los Angeles City Hall, where they laid out plans for a busy month of protests targeting California Republicans who are home this month during the August congressional recess.
Activists said they planned to visit the offices of every Republican member of
Bakersfield will be the center of many of the actions because it is home to Rep.
Similar campaigns are taking place in Republican congressional districts across the country, said Rep.
Maria Elena Durazo, head of the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said lawmakers should not underestimate the electoral power of Latinos.
It was new Latino voters that helped turn California into a blue state after the 1994 passage of Proposition 187, a ballot measure that sought to deny public services to undocumented immigrants, she said. If the House refuses to take up the Senate bill, she said, "There will be consequences."
Republican leaders in the House have said they will not bring the Senate bill -- which passed with bipartisan support -- to a vote, opting instead to consider a series of small-scale immigration bills in the fall.
The Senate bill would allow most of the immigrants in the country unlawfully to apply for legal status after passing background checks and paying fines. It would also allow more foreign workers to enter the country for farm work and high-tech jobs.