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LULAC members call for compromise on immigration reform

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 6/20/2013 11:21 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Members of the League of United Latin American Citizens are flexing their political muscle in Las Vegas Thursday as they demand a compromise on immigration reform.

Immigration activists from across the country gathered at LULAC's annual convention to push Washington for a solution.

News 3's Sergio Avila has been covering the convention all week and immigration has been a major topic this year.

The League of United Latin American Citizens is the largest and oldest Latino civil rights organization in the country and they've been fighting for immigration reform for years and they're putting extra pressure on Washington now because they feel it can finally get done.

The league of Latin American citizens brought activists from all across the country to their annual conference in Las Vegas.

They're attempting to put pressure on the feds to get immigration reform done.

Ben Monteros is executive director of Mi Familia Vota and says lawmakers have a lot riding on this issue if they want to continue in office.

“This community is ready to go to the ballot box and make sure that we work those people with their votes who voted for us,” said Ben Monteroso.

Talks of a bipartisan deal on immigration are happening on Capitol Hill and these people are optimistic reform can get done.

The deal involves doubling the amount of border patrol agents to ensure our security.

A recent congressional budget office report states the current bill would reduce illegal crossings by 25 percent -- a number conservatives can't get behind but one that LULAC’s executive director Brend Wilkes says is unnecessary.

The birder is already pretty secure. The illegal immigration that's happening is already low,” Wilkes said. “Lowest tike in our nation's history and so an additional 25 percent reduction is actually a pretty sizeable reduction considering the fact it's already so low.”

That same report says the immigration reform bill would reduce the federal deficit by nearly 200 billion dollars in 10 years.
Ammunition LULAC and their partners will be using to further press Washington to get reform done.

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