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by Amy Novick

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The 2010 election year has begun — a year in which comprehensive immigration reform legislation will have to fight difficult legislative issues for political oxygen and battle congressional inertia. Immigrants’ List, a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to electing members of Congress who support common-sense immigration reform, is entering the fray. By endorsing candidates who are running in some of the most competitive congressional races in the country, Immigrants’ List is working to ensure that pro-immigration reform members of Congress are re-elected and that challengers have the resources to win. Immigrants’ List believes these candidates, some of whom were nominated by organization members, can help make fair and meaningful immigration reform a reality.



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Gerry Connolly

VA-11

Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) was elected in 2008 to represent parts of suburban Washington, D.C. Before serving in Congress, Connolly chaired the Fairfax County board of supervisors and successfully opposed legislative measures passed by neighboring counties to crack down on illegal immigration. Connolly’s 2010 race will likely be a rematch with his 2008 opponent, Keith Fimian, who backs an enforcement-only approach to immigration.

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Bill Hedrick

CA-44

Bill Hedrick (CA-44) is seeking a rematch of his close 2008 race against nine-term Rep. Ken Calvert, who backs an enforcement-only approach to immigration. The American Immigration Lawyers Association consistently gives Calvert its lowest possible rating. Hedrick supports a path to citizenship for undocumented working immigrants.

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Jim Himes

CT-04

Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04) defeated an 11-term incumbent in 2008. Six challengers are vying for the opportunity to take back this seat from Himes, who has called U.S. immigration policy “dysfunctional and shameful.” Himes supports a practical and humane approach to comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship, which includes documenting the country’s estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

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Scott Murphy

NY-20

Rep. Scott Murphy (NY-20) narrowly defeated the state assembly’s minority leader in the March 2009 special election that followed Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand’s appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. With a margin of victory of only 726 votes, Murphy’s race is likely to be extremely competitive.

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Tom Perriello

VA-05

Rep. Tom Perriello (VA-05) defeated a six-term congressman in 2008 by 745 votes. Seven candidates are vying to challenge Perriello, who helped found two nonprofit organizations that promote human rights and social justice. He also has worked to peacefully end conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and Afghanistan.

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Mike Quigley

IL-05

Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) won the April 2009 special election to replace Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who resigned to become President Barack Obama’s chief of staff. Quigley supports comprehensive immigration reform as well as a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. He co-sponsored the American Dream Act, which would help children of undocumented workers attend college.

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Harry Teague

NM-02

Rep. Harry Teague (NM-02), who was elected in 2008, faces a challenge from the congressman who formerly held this seat. Teague is vocal in his support for comprehensive immigration reform. He favors a comprehensive path to citizenship and wants to work toward a more efficient system that allows for an increased number of legal immigrants.

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