Immigrant Groups and RNC Split on Outcome of Meeting

Julia Preston, New York Times, March 31, 2010

Immigrant advocates seeking to raise Republican support for an immigration overhaul met on Wednesday with Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, but the effort got off to a rocky start when a dispute arose over what promises, if any, Mr. Steele had made during the meeting.

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Several advocates emerged from the closed-door session to say Mr. Steele had pledged to help find at least one more Republican sponsor for a bill being crafted by Senator Lindsey O. Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, a Democrat.

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Doug Heye, a spokesman for Mr. Steele, dismissed that account as “100 per cent inaccurate.”

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