Latino leaders say ‘it is past time’ for American immigration reform

As John McCain visits Mexico border, National Council of La Raza’s Janet Murguia says she expects a Senate bill by June. The leader of one of the biggest Latino organisations in the US expressed confidence Wednesday that the long-sought immigration reform bill will be on the floor of the Senate by June, paving the way for it to become law before the end of the year.

Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, was speaking at the launch in Washington of a mass mobilisation campaign, backed by 34 of the biggest Latino organisations, to put pressure on members of Congress that have been wavering on the issue or are undecided. The new initiative came as Republican and Democratic senators, members of the so-called “group of eight” involved in drafting a bill toured the US-Mexican border in Arizona to see at first hand the security problems. They broke up for the Easter recess without reaching agreement.

In spite of their failure to find a deal, momentum is gathering behind reform. Murguia, speaking about the group of eight, said: “There has been a lot of good progress. I know a lot of that has been behind the scenes, but we have seen a lot of the bipartisan negotiations continue. And we understand they are very close to introducing a bill that will then be considered in the (Senate) committees within the months of April and May and that we will see for consideration on the floor by June.”

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