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Latinos have high immigration expectations for Obama's speech

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Astrid Silva is a Las Vegas Dreamer and activist that has fought against all odds in hopes of holding legal citizenship in the country.

"My family and I have been through so many obstacles from lawyers pretending to be certified to near deportation. I think this will give my family some peace of mind," said Silva.

Silva is part of a large growing Latino population that will be listening to President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday where he will be speaking about immigration.

"The Latino population has exploded, especially here in Nevada, and 70 percent of Latinos that voted for President Obama. I think people are starting to see the writing on the wall that we need comprehensive immigration reform," said Laura Martin with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

The president's visit to Las Vegas comes a day after a group of bipartisan senators announced a plan to modify the current immigration system. The movement forward was great news to Latinos.

"If legislation is passed and hopefully it will be and won't be watered down, my family will have the ability to finally have a legal status here," added Silva. 

"Maybe a generational shift, we are getting a more younger and diverse members of Congress. I think that now is a perfect time to get this done," added Martin.

"As much as we are looking forward to what President Obama is going to announce, we need to keep in mind, after all, keeping families together is the most important thing in whatever immigration legislation is passed," added Silva.

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