U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich discusses immigration reform

Juan Gutierrez
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:53pm

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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