Groups from all over the country are descending on Washington D.C. to push for immigration reform
WASHINGTON (NBC) -
Washington is getting ready for a huge immigration rally this morning. Groups from all over the country have descended on the nation's capital to push for comprehensive immigration reform.
Union workers getting ready for a hot day on the mall.
For Rosa Gonzales, it's worth it - she's been here since she was four. "...cause this is my home. It's my kids home - and we're walking towards citizenship," said immigrant Rosa Gonzalez.
More than 400 buses will bring demonstrators to the Capitol this morning. They'll urge Congress to find a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who've come to the U.S. illegally. "We are going to pray, we are going to rally, we are going to protest, we are going to get arrested for civil disobedience. We are not going to give up until we have comprehensive immigration reform," said immigration reform advocate Kica Matos of the Center for Community Change.
Farm workers and growers have now reportedly reached a tentative deal providing visas for those who've been here for years.
Not everyone thinks they should be at the front of the line. "Ten million Americans, no more than a high school degree -- they're looking for jobs in those occupations, can't find one, while seven million illegal workers hold those jobs," said Roy Beck from NumbersUSA - an advocacy group for lowering immigration levels.
"We should focus on creating jobs for everybody so we don't have this debate on who's going to have a job and who's not," said Jamie Contreras, Service Employees International Union.
"I think there is bipartisan interest in moving the immigration forward and will have to see what it looks like," said Senator Mitch McConnell, (R) Minority Leader.
The group of eight Senators working on a compromise could announce a bill as early as tomorrow.
However, there is the question of cost.
A conservative think tank said this week reform could grow the economy and reduce the deficit, but earlier estimates suggest it could cost more than two and a half trillion dollars.
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