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Minnesota group heads to Washington, D.C.


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain met with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss immigration reform, and after the meeting, they say they're convinced the president understands the need for more border security.

Latino groups including the Dream Action Coalition say they're disappointed by that priority.

Now, 40 Hispanic youth leaders in Southeastern Minnesota are getting in on the immigration conversation.

A group called Centro Campesino is organizing a trip to Washington, D.C. next week so students who want to get involved in community organizing can discuss their views on immigration reform with legislators.

"This is the main thing. This is why I'm going -- to help not just me, but to help other people that need it. And my community needs it," said Marco Loera, a Centro Campesino youth leader who eventually wants to work in community organizing.

Centro Campesino organizers say they want immigration reform to include a pathway to citizenship, workers rights for immigrant workers, a reduction in the backlogs for visas and a moratorium on non-criminal deportations.

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