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Vice President Biden Addresses Immigration Reform in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- For the first time since the election, Vice President Joe Biden is back in southern Nevada making his final push on immigration reform before the U.S. Senate is set to take action on a bill.

In a ballroom full of young Latinos, Biden used a football analogy to describe the fight ahead for immigration reform.

"We are on the 10-yard line, maybe the five, and lots can go wrong now and 4th of July recess," Biden said.

Biden was speaking Thursday night at the LULAC's youth awards banquet and said he didn't have to look far to see why changes in immigration is needed now.

"25% of all students, kindergarten through the 12th are 25% Hispanic," Biden added.

Students can benefit from reforms allowing children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country even if they came to the US illegally.

Many young Hispanics in the audience agree.

"If there's opportunity for us we hope to make it they deserve all opportunities we are all the same," attendee Jacquelyn De La Cruz said.

25-year-old Manual Radon said many Latinos live in mixed status families and are happy to see the vice president addressing the immigration issue at this event.

"Its' great to know that he is our ally and that he stands behind us and that we are going to support him in this particular movement," Radon said.

The vice president went on to say that immigration reform will also help reduce the deficit by nearly 200 billion dollars in 10 years.

"This is just not a Latino issue but an American issue and we all have to something to address it," Biden said.

The numbers bring cheers as young Latinos said they want to see action and having the vice president here is a good start.

Biden will stay in Vegas where's he's set to address the 81st annual US Mayors Conference at Mandalay Bay before heading back to Washington.

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