Apr 4, 2013 8:44 PM by David Ortiviz

Immigration reform supporters call on lawmakers for change

Local coalitions are urging federal lawmakers to move swiftly on immigration reform. Next week U.S. Senators are expected to unveil a bipartisan immigration bill.

The Colorado Progressive Coalition claims there's growing public support to give legal status to the estimated 11-million undocumented immigrants. However, a recent Rasmussen poll shows nearly 60-percent of supporters also want more secure borders.

"Once we deal with those points then we can deal with some of the broader issues of children who were brought here early and have maybe known no other country and we'll do that in a compassionate way," said Rep. Scott Tipton (R), Third Congressional District.

"1,100 families are broken daily, daily because of a broken immigration system," Yesenia Beascochea, Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition.

"The time is certainly now and I don't think it's any coincidence, it's been years of fighting," said Caroline Casteel, Colorado Progressive Coalition.

Earlier this week U.S. Senator Michael Bennett from Colorado and other lawmakers took a tour of the Arizona-Mexico border. President Obama says he's optimistic immigration reform can get done within the next few months.



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