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'Dreamers' from South Florida travel to Washington as immigration bill hits critical mark

Members of DREAMers' Moms pray before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration bill.

Alex Leary

Members of DREAMers' Moms pray before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration bill.

Today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration bill marked an important step, and a group from South Florida was in the audience to watch.

Members of DREAMers' Moms, the parents of young undocumented immigrants, stood at the beginning of the meeting and prayed, arms outstretched. 

Others wore shirts bearing the picture of Altamont Springs resident Evelyn Rivera and her mother, who was deported to Colombia after a traffic stop in 2007

A provision of the bill would allow many people who were deported for non criminal reasons to return. But it is under fire from conservatives, worrying the immigrant groups, including those from Florida.

“The original dreamers are the parents,” said a 16-year-old girl from Miami, who declined to give her name. “We’re here to represent them and a lot of parents who have already been deported.” 

The girl, brought to the U.S. from Venezuela when she was 3, got legal status under President Obama’s deferred action program but that is only temporary. So big hopes are riding on passage of the immigration bill.

UPDATE: Looks like some of the group found Sen. Marco Rubio and suggested he was wavering on supporting the bill. He insists he's not. 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:48pm]

    

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