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Local Hispanic-based organizations in the Las Vegas Valley are talking to Eyewitness News about what they believe is proper immigration reform and how the country should secure the borders.
The radiometers were working non-stop at 1340 am. The immigration issue had listeners calling to the public radio program, with comments and concerns. Geoconda Arguello Kline is the president of the Culinary Union here, and feels the National Guard troops will not help.
"What we are having is people dying in the dessert and that has to be stopped," Kline said. Kline says rather than have troops on our borders, the president should have a better plan for the immigrants.
"If you are really concerned you shouldn't have 12 million people living in the shadow with no rights, or nothing," Kline explained. Otto Merida with the Latin Chamber of Commerce feels our borders need more security.
"We think we need to have control over our borders," Merida said. "Not only southern borders, but our northern borders and be able to have some sort of program to control those who are coming in and know who's coming in. The chamber is all for National Guard troops helping at our borders."
Merida added, "If he thinks we need to use the National Guard in order to be able to have them support the Border Patrol, then that's what we need to do."
The National Guard troops would help secure the 2,000-mile line between the United States and Mexico.
While both organizations stand on different sides of the immigration fence, they both agree the president addressing the issue, shows the importance of the issue.
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