Immigration reform takes center stage

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

(FOX 19) --The rally was met by protesters, but there is one thing both sides agree on, that something has to give and the system is broken.

"A legal pathway to citizenship because the current standard and the way we've been handling immigration is not working," Jason Riverio says.

Riverio believes now that Congress is finished talking about health care reform, top priority should be the next big debate on Capitol Hill.

He was one of hundreds gathered Saturday at Hartwell Country Club to show their support for an immigration reform bill, HR 4321.

Outside the event there's a counter rally opposing guest-worker visas and citizenship for undocumented workers.

"With the idea of amnesty being granted to maybe as many as 12 million or more illegal aliens in the country just doesn't make sense," Dick Hohn says.

He says it doesn't make sense to great citizenship to people in the country illegally because 10-percent of Americans don't have a job. He believes that move would saturate the workforce.

Hohn goes onto say, "It is important that we get the message out that there is another side of compassion and that is compassion for the unemployed.

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