12/11/2013 11:13 am ET

Immigration Protesters Deny They're Harassing Republicans

Courtesy of We Belong Together

Complaints that immigration reform activists are harassing Republicans by sending children to confront House Speaker John Boehner at breakfast or singing protest songs at the Capitol tree lighting drew a sharp rebuke from Latino leaders Tuesday.

“I understand it can be a little painful to be face-to-face with the consequences of your inaction and that’s what we are bringing to the doorstep of Congress and to their offices at the district level,” said Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro, an immigration expert at the National Council of La Raza.

She said the tactics pale in comparison to a father not coming home after a shift, a child not seeing his mom or a U.S. citizen losing her breadwinner spouse and not knowing how she’ll make ends meet.

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