A Naples group encourages immigration reform
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NAPLES, Fla.- A handful of people lined the street outside the Collier County Government Center on Thursday on Airport-Pulling Road. The group is urging lawmakers to quit stalling and vote for comprehensive immigration reform.
"We're a nation of immigrants. I'm an immigrant myself born and raised in Germany. I came over to the country when I was 20-years-old," said Monica Ludwig, retired immigration attorney.
The US Senate is now set to debate this legislation. The bipartisan bill would do several things including creating a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
"I want the families to be able to stay together and not be split up and want them to be able to have the opportunities we enjoy," said Sharon Hastings.
The bill would also raise the cap on work visas for high-skilled workers and try to strengthen boarder security.
"if they're productive members of society, work and go to school, I think it does our country good," said Hastings.
The bill is likely to face criticism. Some argue adding millions of newly legalized workers over the next few years would hurt the vulnerable workforce and those in Naples question where Congressman Trey Radel stands on the issue.
"We understand he has not favored the comprehensive immigration bill and we want him to support it," said Ludwig.
Now this small group lining the streets hope for big support for this bill.