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But they insisted that the time to tackle immigration is now. “We have hope,” said Garavito, a member of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which helped organize the march. “Look at how many people are organizing. It’s the voice of the people that will tell Congress ‘Get your act together.’ ” The Hollywood rally was one of several staged in California and nationwide Saturday. In Orange County, an immigrant rights rally at the Irvine Spectrum started at 10:30 a.m. Events were also planned for San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and more than 160 cities nationwide. As Washington remains preoccupied with the federal government shutdown, immigration has faded into the background. Earlier this week, House Democrats introduced an immigration bill that mostly parallels the one passed by the Senate in June. It would offer a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally, as well as expand visa programs in an effort to eliminate current backlogs. But many House Republicans do not support a path to citizenship for the 11 million. In addition to us facing an economic crisis today with the shutdown, we are also facing a moral crisis, given the deportations, family separations, children without their parents, folks being fired from their jobs, said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, communications director of the immigrant rights coalition. Some activists have begun pushing President Obama to take executive action and end deportations, which numbered more than 400,000 in fiscal year 2012.

During his bid for senator, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars off of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Eva Longoria andSteven Spielberg. our editor recommends PHOTOS: Actors Who’ve Played Politicians “Help us defeat these Hollywood liberals,” the Conservative Campaign Committee said in a recent email sent to thousands of Republicans nationwide. The email mentioned several celebrities who are backing Booker and included photos of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The email cites a CNN report about the “liberal actors” who have been raising money for Booker at swanky events in California. The email asks for donations to help elect Bookers opponent, Republican Steve Lonegan. Lonegan and Booker are seeking the U.S. Senate seat that was held by Frank Lautenberguntil he died in June. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has set a special election for Oct. 16, and Booker has become the latest cause celebre among rich Hollywood politicos. In April, for example, a party at producer Jerry Weintraubs Beverly Hills mansion raised $500,000.

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The Los Angeles demonstration called “March of the Stars” kicked off shortly after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that included a bill prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise eligible to be released from custody. “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” Brown said. “I’m not waiting.” March organizers in Los Angeles had expected tens of thousands to turn out to therally, which was among some 150 demonstrations on a day billed as the “National Day for Dignity and Respect.” Roughly 2,000 people participated, some holding signs that read “Education Not Deportation” and “Congress get back to work!” Others carried elephant pinatas, blaming the impasse on Republicans. The mobilization is a prelude to arallyand free concert Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington. Immigration has been a rare area of bipartisan cooperation. Confidence was boosted earlier in the year on a sweeping overhaul of the system and a path to citizenship for millions, but the crisis over Syria, and now the partial shutdown of the federal government, has diverted lawmakers’ attention. The chances an immigration bill makes its way through Congress before the year ends are slim. But advocates want to make sure reform stays front and center despite lawmakers’ pressing concerns. “This cannot be stopped,” said activist Eliseo Medina, marching in Los Angeles. “This is growing.” The Alliance for Citizenship, a broad coalition of organizations that includes the AFL-CIO, the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, is driving the mobilization. Twenty cities in California were staging events Saturday to show their support. Among the eight immigration-related measures Brown signed was AB4, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, which creates a statewide standard for how local agencies comply with the federal Secure Communities program, which requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone who is arrested. The governor vetoed a similar measure last year because it did not let officials detain those convicted of crimes such as child abuse and drug trafficking, exemptions that were removed from this year’s version. The governor also approved a bill allowing lawyers to be admitted to the California bar even if they are living in the U.S.