But the pilgrims and their supporters were still hopeful. Cynthia Perez said they would be meeting with Brooks to convince her to endorse the bill. For some of the supporters of the bill, their lives could be drastically affected if the act doesn't pass.
"I think they'll see that if this passes, it will act as a gear the economy needs to start improving," said Jose Olan. "We want to send a message to Brooks that there are 11 million immigrants that will be affected by this. We're looking for a better life for ourselves, and our kids. And we deserve a chance."
Anderson University Assistant Dean of Student Life Michelle Williams was also in attendance, and said immigration reform could have an effect on many of her students. She said undocumented residents hoping to get college education usually have to work much harder than citizens, can't get federal grants, scholarships or loans and aren't guaranteed jobs after graduation.
"I usually tell my students to have a voice and advocate for themselves, but I want to be here for them, too," Williams said.
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