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After Healthcare, Immigration Might Be Next

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

Even before the dust could settle from Congress' vote on Healthcare reform, thousands rallied on the National Mall to make Immigration reform the next item on the national agenda.

Organizers estimate 200,000 thousand people assembled on the Mall Sunday for immigration reform. Among them was Alejandra Cruz from Cullmore Virginia.

"We hope that Obama Obama listens, we voted for him so he needs to vote for Immigration reform!"

President Obama did appear to be listening. In a video address to the crowd he pledged to fixing what he called our "broken Immigration system." Last week, he praised a bipartisan reform plan proposed by Democratic Senator Chuck Shumer and Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham. It would tighten border security and work laws while expanding visa opportunities for immigrants both highly skilled and low-skilled. It also offers a path, though not an easy one, to legalization for undocumented immigrants. Mr. Obama says he wants to move on immigration reform this year.

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