SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – San Diego is at the center of a national immigration debate that has lawmakers on both sides pushing for reform.
During a news conference Thursday at UCSD, Congressman Scott Peters and several local businessmen announced their plan of action. They're demanding that House Republicans vote on comprehensive immigration reform immediately.
"We need a rational way to get people who need to work here to get across the border and make them legal. This immigration plan, if we passed it, would encourage economic growth by three percent over the next 10 years, lower the federal deficit by about $900 billion over the next 20 years and would help Social Security because a lot of people who are working here aren't paying taxes because they are underground," Peters said.
The event was hosted by Forward.us and also featured speakers from the ACLU and Qualcomm. These leaders say it's been one year since the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill. They say it's time to fix the broken immigration system.
Earlier this week, 140 undocumented migrant families were transported to San Diego from the Texas/Mexico border. Angry protestors blocked them from entering Murrieta and they were diverted to San Ysidro's Border Protection office.
Congressman Scott Peters says how the children were treated was upsetting, and that it's time for change.
However, critics believe migrant families should not be allowed into Southern California for asylum and would rather have them deported.