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Reid: Make sure immigrant children treated fairly

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LAS VEGAS -- A protest blocking immigrant children from a federal facility in California was a main topic for Nevada's U.S. Senator Harry Reid as he spoke be a local group Wednesday.

Senator Reid spoke to the group, Hispanics in Politics, and said something needs to be done quickly to help the unaccompanied and undocumented children crossing into the United States.

"We have to figure a way to take care of this issue in a humane fashion. We can't use these children as pawns. We're going to see what the legislation is. I'll do everything I can to make sure the kids are treated properly," Reid said.

He told the packed house there was little to no chance to pass an immigration reform bill this year. He blames Republican congressional leaders blocking the president's legislative agenda. Reid singled out Nevada Republican Congressman Joe Heck for criticism.

"The truth is, he's been not helpful to the dreamers. He keeps talking, 'I'm for immigration reform.' Why doesn't he do something? He's a Republican. I'm very disappointed. I expected more from him," Reid said.

Congressman Heck was not available to talk to 8 News NOW Wednesday. His office declined to comment on Senator's Reid statement. His office did point out the congressman has declared his support for immigration reform, supports most parts of the senate bill, and criticized Republican leadership for not moving forward with that bill.

Congressman Heck is defending his Henderson area seat against Democratic nominee Erin Bilbray.

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