Local supporters urge immigration reform

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Supporters of a new proposal for immigration reform were out in the cold to make their stance known because with a lot of immigrant workers in Colorado, they say reform is necessary.

They want illegal immigrants to be able to stay and work in the U.S. legally, and hope to re-unite families who have been torn apart because of deportation.

People gathered in front of Mesa State College Friday evening to urge Congress to pass proposed immigration reform.

The bill proposed this week by Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez aims to strengthen border security, help family reunification, and contains an "earned legalization program" for current undocumented workers. Through this legalization program if they meet certain goals, they can obtain legal status.

Daniel Telavera with the Grand Junction Youth Organizers hopes this bill is passed in 2010.

Opponents of the bill like Tom Tancredo say it's not true immigration reform and would reward people for breaking the law.

There are already more than 70 co–sponsors for the bill including Representative John Salazar.

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