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Local Activists for Latinos Weigh In On Immigration Reform

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Tuesday, President Obama laid out his plan for comprehensive immigration reform.

Wednesday, Mi Familia Vota, local political activists for Latinos in northern Nevada, gathered to give their response.

The group's coordinator Carla Castedo said they applaud the president's plan.

She said the best part of it all is there is a bipartisan effort to get something done.

"We're ecstatic to see that the people will get the chance to have the American dream and also be given the opportunity to be treated well in the community. It's something we've wanted to see, something that's fair."

In Las Vegas, President Obama said there should be a pathway to citizenship that includes numerous hurdles including passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty and learning English.

He also said legal immigrants seeking citizenship should have priority over those who came to the country illegally.

Castedo said Mi Familia Vota agrees with the president's roadmap to citizenship.

She said its one that doesn't take decades to get done and is fair.

Castedo said it's been years of hard work to get to this point and it's so close to becoming reality.

"We want to see it happen this year. We don't want to see it happen five years from now. We don't want to see it stop, we need it to happen this year. We need to mobilize the community to make it happen."

Tod Story, the interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada sent a statement today saying "The dream that drives individuals and families to come to America should be available to all who desire a better life and opportunity. We must strive to remake our immigration system to be inclusive of those seeking to work to join their loved ones, to expand their opportunities and to contribute to our country"

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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