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Questions Linger Over Gillibrand's Immigration Stance

Thursday, January 29, 2009

City lawmakers and activists plan a rally at City Hall this afternoon to protest U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's record on immigration issues. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: The coalition of politicians and immigrant activists say they're alarmed over what they describe as Gillibrand's anti-immigrant positions. Gillibrand represented a conservative upstate district, and has taken tough stances on illegal immigration. She voted against any amnesty for illegal immigrants, and for making English the official language of the United States. New York City Councilman Joel Rivera says now that Gillibrand represents all of New York, she has to learn to break bread with those who disagree with her.

RIVERA: She needs to evolve as an individual as an elected official from a very conservative stance that she currently has to a more you know moderate, liberal stance that reflects, represents the demographics here in the city and state of New York

REPORTER: Gillibrand has hired a Latino lobbying firm, the Mirram Group, to help her address the issue. She's also set to meet with state Latino officials next week. For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera.

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