A key Democratic Congressman said today that a path to citizenship for individuals in the U.S. illegally is a 'non negotiable' part of the immigration reform bill, 1200 WOAI news reports.
U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) talked about the bill making its way through the House while at a retreat for young Democratic Party activists in San Antonio.
He says Democrats will never agree to any part of immigration reform which does not include a path to citizenship.
"The reason that we are so adamant about a path to citizenship, is that there has to be light at the end of the tunnel for folks in America."
Castro says anything else would amount to 'two classes' of Americans.
"America has never done well when we have allowed groups of second class citizens," he said.
But, Castro said Democrats are going to have to bend on one key area. He says if any bill is to be approved, Democrats have to agree to Republican demands to increase border security.
"Let's be honest, Republicans are not going to agree to any type of immigration bill unless there is real boarder security behind it," he said.