Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Local immigrant advocates are excited about the 68-32 Senate vote to pass the Immigration Reform Bill today, June 27, 2013.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made clear today how important immigration reform is for the United States and Nevadans.
Reid spoke to his constituents prior to the vote and said, "We're here today to talk about people, not pages of legislation." Soon after his remarks, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 68-32. A vote that could ultimately lead to 11 million illegal immigrants earning U.S. citizenship.
Laura Martinez, the Northern Nevada Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota says, "It's very, very very exciting. I don't think enough words will express how excited we all were today."
Mi Familia Vota is a non profit organization that works to increase civic engagement in Latino, immigrant and allied communities.
Martinez says she and her colleagues are very proud to have worked toward this historic moment, but their work is not done yet, "It's a large step forward, but we're not quite there. It's time to step up and make those phone calls."
Martinez also says she understands how challenging the next step could be, "It's going to be difficult in the House of Representatives, but it's not impossible."
A sentiment that Congressman Steven Horsford shares, "Where there is a will, there is a way."
During an interview on Ralston Reports, Horsford pointed out three reasons the immigration reform bill should pass the house, "There will be a $1 trillion savings to our federal deficit over 20 years by passing the comprehensive immigration reform bill."
Horsford went on to say the bill would boost our economy by creating jobs and it would implement a fair, but tough border security plan.
Laura says the bill is far from perfect, but today's vote gives her something to look forward to.
On the other side of the aisle, Speaker of the House John Boehner said, "The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We're going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it'll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people."
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Congressman Mark Amodei
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Congressman Joe Heck
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Congresswoman Dina Titus
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Congressman Steven Horsford
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Senator Dean Heller
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