Protestors call for comprehensive immigration reform

News Center 23

POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 4:59pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 8:35am

They should be representing us. It’s a shame and a disgrace that in a place where there-in a place like Texas, where we have almost two million undocumented Americans, where we have the largest border with Mexico and millions of people who live on it, that they want to act this way and represent our communities in such a shameful way.”

They, being Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who have faced intense criticism from many Latinos because of their stance on comprehensive immigration reform. Cornyn and Cruz insist that illegal immigrants should be granted a path to U.S. citizenship only after the border with Mexico is secure. More than one hundred protestors gathered at Cornyn's regional office in Harlingen.

"So about 120 of us came out today because we want to talk to Senator Cornyn. Unfortunately, he wasn’t here. Um, we were able to talk to his staff and relay to him that we aren’t happy with him and what he’s been doing."

"We don’t want anymore military interception in the border; we don’t want that tied up to the immigration reform and we don’t-we also want a pathway to citizenship. That’s very important because we know that that’s how people become citizens in this country.”

These protestors feel that a path to citizenship should be immediately opened and should not be tied to border security.

“The Texans for Comprehensive Immigration Reform have been traveling statewide to both senators’ offices in order to get them to listen to families who’ve been impacted by immigration.”

“They’re not listening to us, to the border area. We don’t feel that the Latino voters are being listened to and taken into consideration and we really need for them to listen to the people.”

An aide in Senator Cornyn's office says the senator offered to meet with the protestors, but the protestors declined.

Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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