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Felicia Persaud

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Letter No. 60: Immigration reform now!

There is no more next year. This is next year—an election year—and the push must be on to get a deal on immigration reform.

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Letter No. 59: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, On Christmas Day, the man who holds the future of immigration policy in his hands tweeted a message that said: “From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas.”

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Letter No. 58: Immigration reform now!

It’s almost the end of the year, and it’s a great time to look back on the ups and downs of immigration reform in 2013, especially since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told us on Dec. 19 that it deported 368,644 immigrants globally in the 2013 fiscal year.

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Letter No. 57: Immigration Reform Now!

Boehner has seemingly criticized conservative organizations and tried to put some distance between him and them so he can win points with Santa and Hispanic voters next year.

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Letter No. 56: Immigration reform now!

My thoughts are on Mandela's words as it pertains to the many advocates and immigrants across this country

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Letter No. 55: Immigration reform now!

One cannot argue with the concept of giving thanks

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Letter No. 54: Immigration reform now!

Back in 2007, you had this brave, bold idea of health care reform but then settled for what has now become the nightmare of the Affordable Care Act rollout

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Letter No. 53: Immigration reform now!

Lost in all the brouhaha over the Affordable Care Act rollout was Speaker John Boehner’s nail-in-the-coffin comment on immigration reform

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Letter No. 52: Immigration reform now!

The big question now is whether the loss by the tea party-anointed Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia will force the Republican Party to face reality and help bring about the much awaited and needed vote on immigration reform

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bLetter No. 51: Immigration reform now!

John Boehner spent Halloween, it seems, scaring up his few constituents and fans with a tweet that claimed your health care promise “stretched credulity

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Letter No. 50: Immigration reform now!

It’s truly fitting that at letter No. 50, you would actually put the spotlight back squarely on immigration reform

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Letter No. 49: Immigration reform now!

Congratulations on bringing immigration reform back front and center into the mix as the madness forced upon a nation by a mad Texan, hungry for fame, finally came to an end.

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Letter No. 48: Immigration reform now!

There are 200 Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives, yet only eight are so supportive of comprehensive immigration reform, the civil rights issue of 2013, that they were willing to get themselves arrested on Oct. 8.

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Letter No. 48: Immigration reform now!

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the 100th day anniversary of the passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the Senate and five days after the forced government shutdown

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Letter No. 47: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, I feel more exhausted writing these 47 letters than Ted Cruz, even after his marathon 21-hour speech. And while I’m no Cruz fan, I simply wish there was one lawmaker on the left who had the cojones to stand up for immigration reform with a 22-hour speech that tops Cruz’s performance.

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Letter No. 46: Immigration reform now!

Letter No. 46: Immigration reform now Dear Mr. President, Hispanic Heritage Month is about to end with immigration reform being pushed more and more to the back burner, especially as your focus turns now from Syria to the debt ceiling and the budget battle with Republicans.

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Letter No. 44: Immigration reform now!

Will the focus on Syria be the nuclear bomb on immigration reform at home?

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Letter No. 43: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President,

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Letter No. 42: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The reality of why immigration reform is being treated like a hot coal stove by Republicans in the House became clear in a story that was told to me this week.

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Letter No. 41: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The time has come for you, Democratic political PACs, the Democratic Party and all in favor of immigration reform to seriously unite behind an education program on immigration reform in the United States.

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Letter No. 40: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, This August must be the summer of discontent over the failure by Republican House leaders to pass the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill. With Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg’s six-figure ad buy via the group FWD.us now running on local stations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and Washington, D.C., and church leaders, including evangelicals, threatening to denounce those who block immigration reform, the time is now for you to keep the pressure on conservatives blocking this measure.

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Letter No. 39: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, It’s sad to hear the White House has no backup plan if Republicans fail to push an immigration reform bill to a vote.

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Letter No. 38: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Following the George Zimmerman verdict, the discussion has focused on racial profiling in America, but Rep. Steve King does not seem to care, feeling the need to spew his hate against immigrants in the United States.

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Letter No. 38: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Following the George Zimmerman verdict, the discussion has focused on racial profiling in America, but Rep. Steve King does not seem to care, feeling the need to spew his hate against immigrants in the United States.

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Letter No. 37: Immigration reform now!

Now that John Boehner has made it very clear immigration is not a top priority of his speakership, it is time to show real leadership on this issue and make sure 2013 does not end without comprehensive immigration reform or at least help for the 11-plus million hard-working, undocumented migrants who help keep the wheels of America’s economy turning.

Letter No. 36: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, On the same day when the New York magazine said, like most critics, that House Speaker John Boehner has spent his summer “punting” instead of choosing to pass historic legislation such as immigration reform, CNN’s Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” focused on the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.

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Open letter No. 35: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S 744) is way too important to let it die in the House because John Boehner does not have the “cohones” to show real leadership. It is why you must get Vice President Joe Biden to rally everyone, much like he did during the fiscal cliff crisis and the debt ceiling crisis.

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Letter No. 33: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just gave lawmakers 197 billion reasons...

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Letter No. 32: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, You must be wondering why all Republicans are not getting the message...

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Letter No. 32: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, You must be wondering why all Republicans are not getting the message as clearly as fellow GOP member Sen. Lindsay Graham when it comes to immigration reform?

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Letter No.28: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Now that Speaker John Boehner has a Black immigrant in his family,...

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Letter No. 30: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, This week, New York City Public Advocate and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill...

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A Letter No. 31: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, As the U.S. Senate gets ready for a vote on the 867-page...

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Letter No. 29: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Now that the "Gang of Eight" in the Senate's Judiciary Committee has...

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Letter No. 12 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, While a lot of news from your inauguration was about what the...

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No. 24: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Finally we have a bill! I'm tempted to say "hip, hip, hooray"...

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Open letter No. 23 Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, It must be a lie! Twenty-three letters in, I was under the...

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Letter No.26: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, on May Day (May 1), Luis Moreno, a 29-year-old undocumented immigrant from...

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Open letter No. 22 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, The Associated Press is a trusted news leader, so when the AP...

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No. 25: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, In the past 10 years, migrants from Russia securing asylum in the...

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Letter No. 17 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, How would you feel if someone told your daughters that they hate...

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Letter No. 16 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, This week, I asked several West Indian-born nationals here in the U.S....

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Letter No. 1 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Now that it's clear that the immigrant vote in urban America helped...

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Letter No. 4 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Good for you! Thank you for insisting that you will not support...

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Letter No. 6 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Can the Gang of Eight help you deliver the New Year's gift...

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Letter No. 3 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, On the official day of thanks, I reflected--as I force myself to...

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Letter No. 7 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, What if Adam Lanza was an immigrant? Would we still be getting...

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Letter No. 5 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, Despite what some may claim, there is no fixing of the economy...

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Letter No. 8 to President Obama: Immigration reform now!

Dear Mr. President, For every immigration fraud scheme that is busted, there are undoubtedly many...

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Immigrant votes, not just Latinos, could swing reform

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in his usual frank tone, said recently on Enrique Santos'...