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Illinois congressman talks immigration, attracts hundreds to forum

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

An Illinois congressman drew hundreds of people to Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church on Friday as he discussed President Barack Obama's immigration plan.

This event was organized by the Latino Association of Charleston, who invited Congressman Luis Gutierrez to talk about the President's executive action, which will give about 4 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

"This is to allow you to get a work permit so you can get right with the law,” explains Gutierrez. “You can pay your taxes, and you can feed and house your family."

The association says the Congressman has been advocating for immigrants and reform for years. He is currently in his twelfth term.

In November, the President laid out his plan for undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for more than five years or have children who are American citizens or legal residents. The President says those individuals will have the chance to apply to stay in the country.

"Do we want to go after felons or families? I say let's go after the felons. Do we want to after gang bangers or children? I say let's go after the gang bangers. So, let's put the resources in that particular area so that we can make ourselves much, much safer."

Gutierrez will meet with Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, on Saturday.

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