Arkansas 'Dreamer' testifies before House panel on immigration reform

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WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Rosa Velazquez, who was born in Mexico but grew up in southwestern Arkansas, urged a House panel Tuesday to adopt comprehensive immigration reform and not simply provide a path to citizenship for so-called "Dreamers" like herself.

"When members of Congress tell me that I deserve an opportunity to earn citizenship and my mother does not, I tell them that if anyone deserves that opportunity to earn citizenship, it is my mother, Rosalinda," she said.

Velazquez testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration at a hearing that focused on an as yet undrafted House Republican proposal to provide a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants.

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