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Immigration reform day outside Providence mall

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By Dana Griffin


PROVIDENCE, RI- Nearly two hundred people marched around Rhode Island's state capital Saturday; joining thousands more around the country for National Immigration Reform Day.

People are calling on the House of Representatives to vote on the democratic immigration reform bill introduced this week. It mirrors the bi–partisan legislation passed by the Senate in June, calling for a pathway to citizenship and increased border security.

"Also demanding that driver's licenses be given to everyone in the sate of Rhode Island and also that they stop all deportations," said community organizer, Phoebe Gardener.

Gustavo Zapata is a custodial worker from Massachusetts. He's here fighting for a future for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

"So since I was young, I've always been very passionate about fighting with the community and for the community. And that is the same thing that we're all doing here today," said Zapata.

If the government provides better labor laws, and driver licenses, some say it would help the economy grow.

Immigration Reform Supporter, Eduardo Sandoval is worried about families.

"We have parents who have children who are citizens and those parents, it would really hurt the families for them to be deported," said Sandoval.

House democrats are pushing this bill, that's cosponsored by Rhode Island state representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline.

No word on if House Speaker, John Boehner will allow this bill to hit the floor.

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