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1,500 Support Immigration Reform Rally In Delaware

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Wednesday, thousands marched in cities across the country in favor of congressional immigration reform.  One of those rallies, happing in Delaware.

With signs in hand, and voices raised, nearly 1,500 rallied in Georgetown, Delaware on May 1st, joining with dozens of similar "May Day" demonstrations across the country, urging Congress to pass immigration legislation.

Loudes Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, traveled with her family from Baltimore to attend the Delaware rally.  She says the two-plus hours it took to get to the march were worth it, "it's a lot of people who need this opportunity, and if this law passes, it will change so many lives."

Reform was a major point in Barack Obama's 2012 Presidential campaign, one reason some say he won over 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, but leaders in the community argue, there hasn't been enough progress since President Obama's election.

"We elected Barack Obama our president, and he promised immigration reform.  The gang of 8 promised immigration reform, and then, we heard nothing," says Claudia Pena Porretti, Executive Director of La Esparanza, a Hispanic outreach center in Georgetown. 

Pedro Ortega is an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, living in Baltimore for the past 13 years.  Ortega says he "wants the government and senators to give us the laws to legally work in this country."

For others, fear of deportation brought them to the rally.  Jhonatan Llamas was recently granted deferred action.  His younger brothers were born here, but their parents are in the country illegally.

WDMT asked Jhonatan if he's worried about the family being broken up, and he responded "yeah, you never know what is going to happen you know."

The immigration rallies came just one day after Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, who has been instrumental in drafting immigration reform legislation, said he doesn't believe the current bill will pass the House.  While supporters at Wednesday's rally say they're disappointed in Senator Rubio's statement, this won't stop their fight.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill May 9th, and advocates believe it will be introduced on the Senate floor by the 12th.


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