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Immigration demonstrators stage sit-in at Rep. Fred Upton's Kalamazoo office


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It’s happening all over the country. Groups of immigrants , the dreamers those young adults who know no other country, but still don’t have legal status and many who are too afraid to come forward because they don’t know what will happen, have been stepping up their protests, because the clock is ticking. Every day more people are being deported and lives are being disrupted if not ruined.

The Senate has approved reform legislation, but like so many bills, its been hung up in the republican house at the office of Speaker John Boehner, who says he won’t take it up.Friday a group of about 20 protestors descended on fred Upton’s office planning to stay there until they got an answer, even though they were told that an answer isn’t coming.Brandon Siedlaczek says they want Upton to co-sponsor the bill and to put pressure on Beohner to put it up for a vote.

It’s not exactly the way congress works but they really don’t care.

Its not exactly an outrageous demand or out of the mainstream, they weren’t alone in asking for congress to act.

At a White House event, the President argued the nation's immigration system is due for an overhaul. He said the U.S. will benefit from bringing millions of undocumented immigrants out of a "shadow economy," calling it the right thing to do. Obama argued that reform will boost national security, expand the tax base, grow the economy and reduce deficits, and fix a system that makes people miserable.

Roxanna Menchaca is about to graduate from Kalamazoo College with a degree in Anthropology. Her parents haven’t been able to participate in any of her college experience and they won’t be at her graduation, because of their immigration status.

They also missed the ceremony when her brother graduated from the U.S. Marines.

WMU student Wendy Medrano says the simplest scrape with the law can result in deportation.

Upton spokesperson Lynn Turner says the Congressman supports immigration reform but it waiting for a proposal that can pass both chambers and be signed by the President.

The immigration bill has met gridlock. Meanwhile people have to cope with the fall out. Sound