Hundreds rally at Capitol for immigration reform
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Hundreds of demonstrators converged on the State Capitol Friday calling for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
While both sides of the political aisle can agree the current immigration system is broken, they remain divided on key components.
Over the past nine years, Jose Barriento, an American veteran and father, has fought to reunite his family. Barriento and his wife traveled to Juarez, Mexico in 2003, where they were supposed to report, he said, only to be told that his wife could not come back into the United States.
"Now [my son] has to sleep at home at night, crying...wondering when his mother's going to come into the country," Barriento said.
President Obama has outlined his plan for immigration reform, which includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are already living in the country illegally.
It's a proposal many Republicans, like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, do not support.
"In my opinion, the President, his objective is not to get a deal, not to pass a serious improvement to our immigration system, but rather, to force Republicans to walk away from the table so he can get a political issue to campaign on in 2014 and 2016," Cruz said.
Sen. Cruz has said immigration reform should focus on increased border security rather than awarding people who have come into the country illegally.
Until a decision is made, Texans who support President Obama's immigration reform proposal have a message to Congress.
"These people vote, and when you ask for their help to keep you in office, remember we're going to remember this,” Barriento said.