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Utah Latinos welcome proposed immigration legislation

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Some Utah Latinos are calling it a historical moment.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah Latinos are it a historical moment.

Tuesday, the so called Gang of 8 U.S. Senators unveiled the much anticipated immigration reform proposal.

It calls for a pathway to legalization, tighter border controls and more visas.

At the Gonzalez Market in Salt Lake City there's excitement.

That's because the latest immigration proposal would also allow those who qualify to visit families in Mexico without fear of deportation.

"Claro es buen idea,” says Jacinto who called it a good idea.

Jacinto also says he hasn’t visited his family in several years since coming into the U.S several years ago.

“Finally the day has come where we've been talking about what may be in the proposal it has now happened," says Tony Yapias who learned of the proposal while hosting his weekly Spanish radio show at La Jefa radio in Salt Lake City.

Here are some of the provisions of the immigration plan:

-Only those coming into the U.S. before December 31, 2011, may apply.

-It could take 10 years for citizenship.

-There is a demand for more border agents at high risk areas.

-A requirement that the border be secure before amnesty is allowed.

-More visas for high tech workers and laborers.

-And the ability to travel freely between countries for those who qualify.

"Hoy dia es un gran noticia."

At the spanish speaking radio station La Jefa, the phones kept ringing.

Caller after caller wanted details.

"Esto deber hacer buena noticia,” says one caller who called this good news.

Another woman says she’d been in the U.S. for 25-years and has been waiting 15-years for citizenship. How long will it take for it to become law she asked.

And that’s what Yapias stressed in his weekly radio show. The plan is just a proposal and it will take months of debate before it becomes reality.

“I think the proposal outlined by the Gang of 8 is reasonable, they're good, they're fair," says Yapias. “Certainly not everyone is going to get what they want.”
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