Hispanic Groups Lobby Arkansas Delegation

MARCH 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - With a Senate committee debating a border security bill, representatives of two Arkansas Hispanic organizations are lobbying members of the state's congressional delegation in Washington.

The two groups support reforms that would make it easier for youths in the country illegally to attend college and join the military.

Congress is considering what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants who live in the United States.

Advocates for the immigrants say many suffer from exploitation and second-class treatment because of their illegal status.  But the groups say businesses need the working-class immigrants to fill jobs.

The groups lobbying the delegation are the Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas and the Little Rock-based La Casa health network.

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