PHOENIX — Immigration proponents want to persuade Republican U.S. Rep.
Matt Salmon to back proposed legislation that would create a 13-year road to
citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
The Arizona Comprehensive Reform Coalition is scheduled to rally for the bill
at a town hall hosted by Salmon and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith on Wednesday.
Coalition members said they want to show the power of the Latino vote and the
growing influence of the Hispanic community in Arizona.
Salmon has been critical of the proposed immigration overhaul.
He plans to host two town halls in his central Arizona district during this
week’s congressional recess. He is expected to discuss some of Congress’
high-profile issues, including the proposed immigration overhaul and the federal
health care law.