Sen. Reid, business leaders push to pass immigration reform
LAS VEGAS -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is calling for the House of Representatives to vote on an immigration reform bill, which he says will strengthening the U.S. southern border, wipe out a trillion dollars of debt, and modernize an antiquated immigration system.
The senator made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday. He was joined by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Chamber of Commerce and other business and tourism leaders.
Senator Reid pointed to immigration reform being critical to the future of the nation's economy and specifically to the economies of Nevada and Las Vegas, but he says time is running out.
There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, according to the most recent estimates from the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project.
For years, the debate has gone back and forth about whether the country should create a pathway to citizenship or deport them.
"When we started on this, we did not have the support of the American people, but now we do. We have the support of the American people," Reid said.