Pennsylvania Democrats facing pressure to oppose state immigration bills
With a few chants, one bullhorn and a lot of polite conversation, local activists are trying to change the conversation about immigration in Pennsylvania by targeting area Democratic state legislators who are leaning right on policies affecting undocumented people.
State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, is among their latest targets.
Ten activists gathered outside his district office Thursday for a rally organized by the Thomas Merton Center and the nonprofit Casa San Jose, which connects immigrants in Allegheny County with community resources.
Democratic state representatives like Mr. DeLuca are facing increasing pressure from the left as progressives worry that they will cede to pressure created by the election of Donald Trump, who won Pennsylvania after campaigning on a platform widely viewed as anti-immigrant.