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Borderland U.S. congressmen introduce new immigration bill

By Staff Report
Published On: Oct 31 2013 07:45:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 06:35:31 PM CST
Senate immigration vote
EL PASO, Texas -

A Democrat and a Republican have come together to introduce a new immigration bill --  "The American Families United Act."
     
The men behind this bill are Congressmen Beto O'Rourke of El Paso and Steve Pearce of Las Cruces.

They say it allows for the review of certain cases involving Americans who have been separated from their families because of minor technical violations or minor offenses that happened when that person was a minor.
     
On Thursday, O'Rourke used the example of an El Paso man who can't marry the woman he loves.

"And as an example, Edgar Falcon first brought this issue to my attention when he told me that as an El Pasoan he is not able to live with the woman of his dreams, who's in Mexico because as a child when she crossed into the U.S. her adult sister claimed citizenship for her because and that earned Maricruz a lifetime ban from entering the U.S.,"

The proposed bill would allow a judge or the secretary of Homeland Security to review these cases.

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