The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 4, 2013

Immigrants and supporters encouraged about immigration reform

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Area immigrants and their supporters are encouraged by the apparent bipartisan support for immigration reform in Washington.

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and President Obama each have made similar proposals for immigration reforms that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.

Adolfo Castillo, of Joplin, a Hispanic Republican, said history dictates immigration reform be done. He said it’s also a matter of political pragmatism for Republicans.

“I’m Republican,” he said. “I’m Hispanic. If you want the Hispanic vote, you’re going to have to work for it.”

Suzanne Gladney, an immigration attorney who has just retired from Legal Aid of Western Missouri, said immigration laws are a “huge, complicated web” that Congress has known for a long time needs attention.

“There’s bipartisan support for the first time in a very, very long time, which is encouraging,” she said.

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