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Immigration reform hitting home

By Nadia Singh, nsingh@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 30 2013 11:47:20 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2013 11:56:52 PM EDT

The group celebrated in Roanoke's Elmwood Park.

ROANOKE, Va. -

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the House. It calls for increased border security and steps that would lead to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

Those in support of that Immigration Reform Bill gathered today in Elmwood Park to raise awareness about the struggles of undocumented people.

The Celebration of Victory event brought together members of the community in support of the current bill and urge Congressman Goodlatte to fight for those with no voice.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia's 6th District says he doesn't think the Republican-controlled House will pass the legislation, but wants both parties to see eye to eye. There are talks that the House might craft its own immigration reform bill.

Some of the people in attendance at Sunday's rally in the park are working towards citizenship because they want to be a part of the country's legacy.

Eli Salgado told Your Hometown News Leader, "I want to succeed in my life and I want to be able to encourage others no matter who they are. I want them to know that they can accomplish anything especially living in this great country. That we have the opportunity to do that."