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Dozens protest at local lawmakers offices for immigration reform

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Dozens from across the country joined Fast For Families at the local offices of Congressman John Carter, and Congressman Bill Flores, pushing for immigration reform.

The age range for the protest was vast, from children to adults. In the middle were college students, who aren't U.S. born, but America is the only country they know. 

Benito Costilla, a freshman at Temple College, has been living in the U.S. since he was just 5 years old.

"I was brought here by my parents, along with my brother. We came here in search of a better life," explains Costilla. "And I believe we found one."

But the road less traveled hasn't been easy.

"Often times, I'm afraid when my dad goes off to work, he may not come back."

This is a common fear for most undocumented immigrants, and dozens gathered in temple to let that message be heard. 

"It's ridiculous, it's not working," explains Dr. Sue Hammonds, a supporter of immigration reform. "And we have 11 million people, undocumented people out there that are working and hard working and they just want the same rights as everyone else."

News Channel 25 also reached out to local lawmakers.

Representative Flores said, "Open dialog is very helpful and positive, protests are particularly helpful. Our immigration system is broken, and we do need to have a reform effort in Congress."

We were unable to reach Congressman Carter himself, but he released this statement to us.

"My offices are always open to constituents of the 31st District, and I was happy to have Fast for Families visit my Temple office this morning. Immigration reform is an issue that I have been working on for years and am committed to finding a real solution. I appreciate Fast for Families' input and will keep their sentiment in mind as the House continues to work towards a compassionate yet firm and law-abiding solution to immigration reform."

Both congressmen say they hope to get to the issue of reform this year.

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