Nov 5, 2013 12:54 AM by Sean Mooney
TUCSON - People hoping to move immigration reform forward gathered for a progress report on the issue on Monday night at the Berger Performing Arts Center for the Deaf and Blind.
Congressmen Ron Barber and Raul Grijalva joined the event billed as a symposium to review the status of a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.
The two congressman in attendance are both democrats, no republicans were invited to be on the panel but according to the event's moderator, Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild the the purpose of the gathering was not to take sides with the mayor announcing to the crowd "Tonight is not a debate, it is a dialogue."
In addition to the two congressmen, the panel included border town mayors, Bisbee Mayor, Adriana Badal and Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega, along with three experts in immigration law.
The panel presented the latest progress by legislator's in Washington, D.C., regarding immigration. Rep. Ron Barber, says that while efforts have stalled in the capital, both sides of the aisle are working toward a solution and enacting laws regarding immigration reform, "The speaker of the house said he will bring something to the floor before the end of the year, I am hopeful that will happen. Once we have two different versions of the same bills on the same issue we can go to conference committee and sort out the differences and we can get this done once and for all, it's long over due."
Despite the optimism that legislation for immigration reform will eventually be enacted, time is quickly running out for it to happen before the end of 20-13. Congress is set to recess for the year December 13th.