Immigration Reform Supporters Visit Rep. Heck's Office | Politics
People supporting immigration reform rallied in front of Republican Representative for Nevada's 3rd District Joe Heck's office Tuesday morning.
The Nevada State AFL-CIO, PLAN, Mi Familia Vota, Dream Big Vegas and others delivered petition cards signed by people living in Heck's constituency in support of the immigration reform bill already passed by the U.S. Senate.
"We're dropping off petition cards from constituents that say their personal story of why they support immigration reform. They urge him to act as a leader within his own party, especially when the GOP meets tomorrow to discuss immigration reform," state coordinator for Mi Familia Vota Marisol Montoya Herrera said.
The legislation is now set to go before the U.S. House. The bill would increase border security, track people overstaying their visas, and crack down on employers hiring undocumented workers.
One of the most controversial parts of the bill would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
It is that point that could hurt bipartisan efforts to get the bill passed in the House. Those opposed to the bill say the citizenship portion amounts to amnesty for people who broke the law.
Rep. Heck was not at his office. He is in Washington, D.C., but during a public meeting last week, Heck pledged to work to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.
However, he also said he would not vote for the Senate's version of comprehensive immigration reform. The Republican House leadership intends to vote on each topic contained in the bill separately.
According to Rep. Heck's staff, they listened to the people at the rally and recorded their concerns.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)