U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich discusses immigration reform

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich discusses immigration reform

POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:52pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:17am

Hundreds of people attended a discussion on comprehensive immigration reform in Las Cruces Wednesday evening.

The discussion hosted by Cafe' centered around a proposed immigration bill that would allow an easier path to citizenship for about 11 million people.

"For the first time in many years we have an opportunity here to pass real reform that will work for the state of New Mexico and that will be good for the country," said United States Senator Martin Heinrich.

Lawmakers are proposing changes that would give illegal immigrants the chance to apply for a green card after 10 years and citizenship three years after that.

Heinrich said it will take a bi-partisan effort to pass the current proposed bill.

He said there is progress being made with both parties actively working on the legislation and hopes the discussion will continue to move forward in Congress.

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So why didn't El Paso's Beto O'Rourke participate in this discussion? Is it because it was in Las Cruces & Beto can't drive 45 miles from El Paso to Las Cruces to add some bi-partisan support to the discussion of the need for sensible immigration reform. The question of what America would do without all the people who work at our hotels, restaurants, country clubs, take care of our lawns, pools etc., comes to mind. Some say they want to deport all undocumented but then they keep hiring us.

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