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Hundreds Rally at the Capitol for Immigration Reform

Posted at: 05/01/2013 10:48 PM
Updated at: 05/01/2013 10:53 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 News) -- Hundreds of people marching through the streets of St. Paul to the capitol Wednesday, rallying for comprehensive immigration reform.

Two bus-loads of people went from Southeast Minnesota pushing for The Dream Act, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, and immigration reform.

Maria Medina, a Senior from Austin, was one of several people, in a crowd of hundreds to make their voices heard in the streets of St. Paul and the Capitol.

"All these things matter to me. The driver’s license for all, the dream act, and comprehensive immigration reform. They all matter to me and I mean I think everyone knows someone in their community that is affected by this so I think there should be more people here,” said Medina.

Maria and Marco Loera of Rochester, even speaking to the large crowd about two issues they want addressed: The Dream Act, which passed the Minnesota Senate Wednesday, and drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

"I feel compelled to speak for people who don't speak for themselves, to help my Latino community,” said Medina.

"I feel like we need to represent southern Minnesota and just we needed to be there to represent everyone in our community,” said Loera.

The crowd, both festive and persuasive, even dialing their representatives to push for comprehensive immigration reform.

"Most of these people have grown up. Have lived here for years. The kids have grown up here, most of their lives and to be told you can't continue... It's heartbreaking,” said Medina.

Nothing, not even the cold weather, keeping the group from pushing on for what they believe should be done.

"Tomorrow and the future to come, it's going to be bright for everything. For immigration and everything. I know it,” said Loera.

"The kids are the future,” added Medina.

Several state legislators and representatives from Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken’s office spoke at the rally.