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Hundreds rally in support of immigration reform at union hall

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 7/01/2013 11:32 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The immigration debate took center stage in Las Vegas today where hundreds rallied at the local culinary union hall.

Senator Harry Reid was among those invited to help rally support for the immigration reform measure which now heads the house for a vote. Gerard Ramalho was at that rally and has more information.

The mood was festive with Mariachis welcoming state and local leaders to a packed, and somewhat overheated culinary union hall.

Many of the union members are immigrants themselves and are ready to celebrate what could become a historic decision by lawmakers.

Senator Harry Reid helped push the so-called "Gang of 8" bi-partisan reform bill through the senate.

It passed easily with a vote of 68 to 32.

Passage in the house may not be as easy. Congresswoman Dina Titus was in town to show her support along with visiting congressman Luis Guitierrez from Illinois who also chairs the house immigration task force.

Dreamers like Astrid Silva of Las Vegas are literally on pins and needles knowing this decision could change their lives forever.

Reform can't happen without Republican support. Michael McDonald, who chairs Nevada’s Republican party agrees with the Senate decision and believes republicans in the house should strongly consider the benefits.

The celebrating may be premature but proponents point out true reform is closer now than it ever has been before.

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