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Group rallies in Utica for Immigration Reform

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A group rallied in Utica Wednesday night demanding a change to current Immigration laws. They joined tens of thousands of people who were demonstrating outside the U.S. Capitol asking for immigration reform.

"We have a border where we say no entry and then right across the border we have a whole bunch of employers that say help wanted now," said Diane Berry. "And these people really want to, desperately want to enter our country and they want to work and be good productive citizens so they're tempted and they do it."

Berry and a dozen or so other people rallied on the corner of Genesee Street and the Parkway in Utica expressing their hopes to make becoming a U.S. citizen easier for immigrants trying to get into the U.S. or those that are already there.

"They and especially their children now are productive parts of our community but what's happening is because the law is so convoluted and antiquated and unfair," said Berry. "These good people are detained, children are sent into foster care families are being ripped apart."

A bipartisan plan is in the works for a path to citizenship and a guest worker program with 200,000 permits by 2020 in farm, factory and construction work. While opponents call it unfair to U.S. citizens without a job, the group on Genesee Street was all for it.

"Our communities are not working when our families are being ripped apart, families are the basis of community and it's just not working," said Berry. "We need to fix the law and fix the path to citizenship so we don't have this problem."

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