Local advocates, lawmakers respond to upcoming immigration refor

Local advocates, lawmakers respond to upcoming immigration reform

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington D.C. are expected to unveil a compromise immigration reform bill. The plan is expected to offer a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers in the United States.

Isabel Rubio with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama attended a rally along with 200 from Alabama last week in Washington D.C. Rubio is optimistic about the plan.

"Well we are pleased we finally are seeing a bill with a pathway to citizenship so millions of people who are here are contributing to our economy and our country," Rubio said.

Gardendale Senator Scott Beason sponsored Alabama's immigration bill, which sought to crack down on undocumented workers. Beason says he has major concerns about he reform effort in D.C.

"I think the first thing that has to be done the borders have to be closed off. Americans agree with that whole heartedly. If you don't close the borders off all of this is make believe," Beason said.

Beason is not sure what if any impact the federal immigration reform bill will have on Alabama's law. Meanwhile Rubio is not pleased with everything in the proposal.

"We are looking at about 10 years for people even applying for a green card and that means another number of years before people can apply for membership," Rubio said.

Beason still has concerns if the plan passes without a crackdown on border security.

"I think the pathway to citizenship will be a disaster. We already tried to do an amnesty type thing back in the 80's. All that did was bring more people illegally into the country," Beason said.

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