Congressmen from opposing parties find common ground on immigration reform

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Two congressmen from opposing parties are united in one of the most politically sensitive issues - comprehensive immigration reform.

Democrat Luis Gutierrz of Illinois has long been a major voice for undocumented immigrants. He came to Bakersfield to join freshman Republican Rep. David Valadao, of Hanford, at a town hall meeting on immigration reform held at Bakersfield Christian Church.

"My whole life, I lived on a farm, so I grew up in a community surrounded by immigrants," said Valadao to a mostly farmworker public.

The rookie congressman received a standing ovation when he said he supported comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship. There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Gutierrz said the House will pass its own version of immigration reform, just as the Senate has already passed its' own bill. And, he promised to keep working and reaching across the aisle with Republicans to assure passage.