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Catholics, evangelicals press Chaffetz, other Republicans on immigration
First Published Mar 12 2014 05:29 pm • Last Updated Mar 12 2014 05:29 pm

Washington • Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders have met with top House Republicans to argue for action this year on immigration legislation.

Bishops from Washington state, California and Utah joined advocates in a series of private meetings on Wednesday with Reps. Paul Ryan, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jason Chaffetz. They also met with Speaker John Boehner’s top aide on immigration.

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They said they told the lawmakers that a vote this year is a moral urgency as immigrant families struggle with fears of deportation.

The leaders and advocates said the lawmakers offered neither assurances of a vote nor definitive word that it wouldn’t happened. Immigration legislation remains stalled in the House.

The leaders and advocates spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday after their meetings.

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