Immigration Issues

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

Coordinated demonstrations rallied in 39 states including Kentucky.
But, Monday's rallies weren't of significance for one Bowling Green woman who already protested while on spring break in phoenix.
"So we did about 1/2 mile with 20,000 marchers." Democrat Patty Randolph says she'd march again if she had the chance.
"Absolutely! I'd march again and carry a sign."
"Our immigrant people are taking jobs that our American people won't take."
Republican Representative Stan Lee doesn't agree. He says he refuses to believe the American people are too ornery, specifically in the fields of agriculture.
For Randolph, her stance on the issue is all heart.
"Did you know large majority of clean up from Hurricane Katrina is being done by Mexican and Central American workers?"
Lee says heart doesn't matter when it comes to the legal citizens of Kentucky, reforming immigration laws could hurt.
"It looks like it's costing Kentucky between 85- 95 million dollars a year just to educate the children of illegal immigrants from K - 12 in school."
Lee says he'd rather spend that money on boosting teacher's salaries
"We have a set of laws in place, we need to follow them."
Lee introduced a house bill which tightened the reigns of immigration laws.
It never made it out of house democratic leadership.
Proposed bills like his are why Patty Randolph spent her vacation- on strike.
"I felt like the immigrants we were walking with saw their numbers and were very empowered by this."
Republican lawmakers are standing firm on their beliefs despite the tens of thousands of protesters like Randolph around the country.


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