03/08/2013 04:45 pm ET

Groups Opposing Immigration Reform Start To Mobilize

PHOENIX -- As lawmakers get closer to introducing a comprehensive immigration-reform bill, opponents are gearing up to flood Congress with calls condemning any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to gain legal status or citizenship.

The same tactic helped defeat immigration reform the last time lawmakers considered passing bills in 2006 and especially 2007, when a flood of angry calls shut down the switchboard in Congress.

That prompted supporters to pull the plug on immigration reform in favor of beefing up border security first.

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