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Hispanic coalition wants immigration reform now

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Lifting Our Voices About Immigration Reform is the theme of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) conference that wraps up Saturday in Las Vegas.

On Thursday, senior members of LULAC promised that inaction by federal politicians to pass immigration reform will cost them their jobs.

"The main message that we have is citizenship is non-negotiable," said Hector Sanchez, chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

"Inaction towards the issue will be sternly regarded as they face reelection in 2014," said National LULAC President Margaret Moran.

Moran pointed to recent data from the Congressional Budget Office that shows immigration reform would save taxpayers nearly a trillion dollars over the next decade.

"The bill would decrease the budget deficit by $197 billion within the first 10 years - after it becomes law, an additional $750 billion over the next decade," Moran added.

Moran said that despite those numbers there are still politicians who are turning a blind eye to an estimated 11 million undocumented families in the United States.

Advocates within LULAC say they will continue to lobby the Senate and congressional representatives to get immigration reform done this year.

"We have a great opportunity in 2014 to reward those who believe in us and support us and to punish those who are going to get in the way of our community," said one LULAC supporter.

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