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Twin city immigration activist disappointed in senate "gang of eight" proposal

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:50:27 CST
By: Jim Browne

A twin city activist says he doesn't care for the immigration proposal announced Monday by a bipartisan group of eight US Senators. Sonny Garcia is with Latinos United for Change. He says he's read the Senate proposal, and thinks it falls short:

   
"We are really not backing that. It's a little too far to the right for us. We are backing Obama's planned, we've already gotten a little heads up on what that's going to be. It's a little more inclusive for families, keeping families together."
Garcia says LUC wants rights for workers to organize, passage of the Dream Act, and a more humane path toward citizenship. He says he IS pleased that Illinois has moved ahead with drivers licenses for unauthorized immigrants. Garcia calls it a huge step, but says legislators are just acknowledging the emerging political reality:

   
"The realize that if they want to, you know, be elected to office they're going to have to work with their constituents, and their future constituents."
Latinos United for Change is currently engaged in a voter registration drive.

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