PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) - With Texas having the second largest undocumented population in the country, immigration reform is naturally a hot topic.
On Wednesday, Congressman Bill Flores hosted a town hall meeting in Pflugerville. He was willing to talk budgets, debt or guns, but everyone in the packed crowd was there to talk about immigration.
Debates are framed by the language that is used, but not everyone was using the same language. Were they talking about ‘illegal immigrants', or ‘undocumented visitors'?
The congressman believes reform is possible, if it is comprehensive and secures the border.
"I'd ask the president and Secretary Napolitano to come stand on the border with TV cameras then tell me it's really secure," Flores said. "I don't believe those comments that the border has never been more secure than it is today."
Some wondered if being legal is enough, or if citizenship should be required to stay permanently in the U.S.
"In the short term yes, so people can keep working here," said Amy Price with Workers Defense Project, "but in the long term that's not a sustainable solution."
Some in the crowd got angry the congressman would only take written questions. They wanted to tell him what they thought and wanted a dialogue.
"I'm undocumented, I'm a dreamer," Manuel Ramirez said. "A lot of the time we feel that way, we don't have a voice, we're not citizens. Sometimes you have to yell for people to hear us like the congressman today."
With a lack of open dialogue, there wasn't much yelling, "But he heard me," Ramirez said.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press, the largest gatherer of news in the world, announced it will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrants'. They will use undocumented or unauthorized instead.
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