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Update: Immigration Rally at the State Capitol

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

Dozens of Nebraska organizations gathered at the State Capitol Thursday morning.  They say now is the time to create new immigration laws.

More than 40 groups met on the capitol steps and rallied in support of what they call common–sense immigration laws.

Members of Congress will meet in Washington D.C. on Monday and these Nebraskans are urging them to call for reform.

"It's time to create a process for citizenship for good members of our communities who are aspiring Americans and it's time to stop tearing Nebraska families apart," Darcy Tromanhauser from Nebraska Appleseed said.

The organizations want Congress to consider laws that would create a clear path to citizenship for immigrants already living in the United States.

They say our nation's current system is broken and outdated,  tearing families apart and hurting Nebraska businesses.

"This is an opportunity to make a more meaningful policy, more workable policy, more effective policy and to do so in a way that both respects the rule of law but also respects the humanity and dignity of immigrants who are in our country," Jim Cunningham of the Nebraska Catholic Conference said.

Cunningham says this is the opportunity for Congress to accomplish landmark legislation.

Supporters say common–sense immigration laws would stop deportations, unite families and give immigrants a path to citizenship.

"I'm very hopeful that this task is going to be accomplished and we're going to end up with a sound, compassionate, effective piece of legislation that all Americans will be proud of," Cunningham said.

Again, members of Congress will meet on Monday.  A bill about immigration reform is expected to be introduced.

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More than 30 groups are expected to rally at the Nebraska Capitol to call for federal immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.

The coalition will convene Thursday at 10 a.m. on the west steps outside the Capitol. The groups represent the interests of religious faiths, businesses, labor, children and families.

Speakers will include representatives from the Nebraska Catholic Conference, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Restaurant Association, Heartland Workers Center, and Latino Center of the Midlands.

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