Campaign launched for immigration reform

By Beau Ebenezer

February 9, 2013 Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A local activist group representing undocumented immigrants added fuel to the fight for immigration reform Saturday.

President Obama expressed his concerns with immigration policies last week, urging lawmakers to support comprehensive immigration reform.

Now, area latinos are expressing their own thoughts on what needs to be done in Congress.

Illinois People's Action in Bloomington officially launched its"Keeping Families Together" campaign.

Members are asking Congress to reform many of the policies they believe have failed.

"The fact that many of these people don't have papers makes them second class citizens," said Alejandro Monzon. "They are not really citizens but they have less rights than a normal American worker. They are more prone to be exploited."

"There's a lot of controversy with immigration reform," said Felipe Rodriguez, an Illinois People's Action rep. "Basically, people not having papers to work has allowed employers or business owners to take advantage of them."

Illinois People's Action leaders say this will be the first of many pushes with the campaign to help prevent future deportation of family members.

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