In a show of support for immigration reform, hundreds of supporters marched down Congress Avenue in Austin, the capitol of Texas with signs and American flags. They shouted in both Spanish and English, calling Obama and the government to listen to their cry, "education, not deportation." A member of the Austin Immigrants' Rights Coalition proclaimed that they wanted a pathway to citizenship that would take only years, not decades so that their families could be united. Many of the protesters see this as an issue of equality, because America is not accepting them into its society.
Immigration supporters are seeing a shift in government approach as reform is beginning to be discussed, yet there are still huge obstacles. While both the Republicans and Democrats are focused on securing the borders, some public policy makers see the millions of undocumented immigrants that are living in the U.S. as the primary issue.
Republican lawmakers are encouraging conservatives to become more moderate on this issue, since 70% of Hispanics voted Barack Obama into office in November. They worry that harsh language could alienate many voters for future elections. Many Texan Republicans have shown support for the "Texas Solution", a policy that would allow for guest workers making it alright for undocumented immigrants to remain in Texas as tax-paying employees.
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