Latino Leaders To Hispanic Lawmakers: Lead Or Get Out Of The Way

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 8: (L-R) Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) stand with immigration reform supporters as they block First Street NW in front of the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, on October 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. Last week, House Democrats introduced their own immigration reform bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Several leading Latino civil rights groups delivered a petition with nearly 10,000 signatures to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday demanding that the lawmakers be bolder in fighting for immigration reform.

In a statement about the petitions, the coalition depicted the Caucus, whose members are Democrats, as hesitant to take a strong stand on the need for immigration reform and on denouncing the record number of deportations that have occurred under the Obama administration.

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