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Activists Want President to Push for Immigration Reform

January 22, 2013 | WMFE - A proposed overhaul of the nation's immigration system was among the issues President Obama mentioned during his inaugural address of particular interest to Floridians.

A caravan of immigrant and farmworker rights supporters from central Florida arrived in the capital on Sunday for the president’s inauguration ceremony.

Representatives from several Florida-based organizations set off from Clermont on January 3rd. The activists are asking President Obama to move forward with his promise push for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

Supporters of the DREAM Act say they will also be keeping a watchful eye on the President's second term. The DREAM Act is a Congressional bill that would provide a path to citizenship for young, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. 

Daneen Garcia of Miami says she'd like to see young people get an education, regardless of their citizenship status.

“And obviously be able to have an immigration reform act that would allow us to have legal immigration but not sending people back just because of where they're born." Garcia said.

But Jeanette Kemp of Tamarac doesn’t agree. She says illegal immigration has contributed to the nation's economic troubles.

"Because you have a lot of people who are living off the social programs and income-wise, if they're coming in disenfranchised, the only thing they can do is come and take from the social programs that the country offers

Garcia and Kemp were among hundreds of Floridians who turned out for an inaugural watch party in Washington.



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