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Immigration town hall meeting held in Goshen

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Immigration Reform was the big topic in Goshen Saturday at a town hall meeting held by the Northern Indiana Community Coalition for Immigration Reform. The purpose of the meeting was to educate citizens about Senate Bill 744, an immigration reform bill that recently passed the senate.

The bill includes things regarding border security, jobs for youth, and immigrant visas.

Felipe Merino, an immigration attorney said, "The bill recognizes that if your spouse is a U.S. citizen and your children are born here U.S. citizens they are all contributing to society they should be able to pay a fine and adjust their status here in the country without having to leave."

In order for the bill to become law a similar version still has to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The town hall was also held to call on local Congresswoman Jackie Walorski to support similar legislation. Walorski's District Director was in the crowd listening to everyone's reasons for supporting immigration reform, including a local high schooler's.

Erwin Zacarias, a local teen who supports immigration reform said, "For many years my mother and I, along with millions of undocumented workers, have been in the shadows and as shadows we are stepped on, voiceless, and powerless.  For many years our voice has been a silent scream."

In a statement Congresswoman Walorski said, "House Republicans met Wednesday in the United States Capitol for over two hours to discuss immigration reform.  Moving forward, it is my hope this chamber will engage in an open and honest discussion on this complex issue.  As the House works through the process of constructing our own bill, we must recognize this attempt at immigration reform is an opportunity to learn from our past mistakes and ensure the enforcement of certain provisions, like border security, are key components to any future laws."

The bill is still in progress in the House of Representatives.

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