Congress members, advocates, officials gather in LA to discuss immigration reform

Xavier Becerra, Democratic Congressman representing California’s District 31
Xavier Becerra, Democratic Congressman representing California’s District 31 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Congress members, immigration advocates and officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services all met Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles. The group has gathered to support President Barack Obama’s recent attempts at immigration reform.

Xavier Becerra, a Democratic congressman, recently said that “Americans know that our immigration system is badly broken... and President Obama is right.”

Becerra joined Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Judy Chu in praising Obama in his efforts to streamline immigration enforcement.

Since last June, the federal government has been issuing memos, reviews and new guidelines. These changes prioritize the deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal records and help reduce the backlog of cases before immigration judges.

Local immigrant advocates say these measures are bringing relief to many families.

But the new guidelines can also mean a whole new crop of immigration scams. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be working alongside advocacy organizations to bring awareness about possible fraud.

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