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Local lawmakers discuss immigration reform efforts

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A consensus is building on Capitol Hill for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. In Georgia, state lawmakers are weighing on in the possibility of the federal government revamping its laws, but not everyone is convinced.

At the Capitol building, a group of state lawmakers, labor leaders and immigrant support groups expressed their support for the Senate's efforts to reform immigration laws.

"There's a consensus in this country that comprehensive federal immigration reform is something that should happen now in a bipartisan way," said Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta).

Fort was joined at the roundtable discussion by fellow Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta).

"No more vicious, anti-immigrant measures will be tolerated here in this state," Orrock said.

Orrock says Georgia has been hurt by House Bill 87, the tough immigration legislation signed into law by the governor in 2011.

"Our agricultural sector of our economy took almost a billion-dollar hit in half of one growing season from bad, anti-immigrant legislation," Orrock said.

The group wants a law that creates a path to citizenship and secures our borders.

D.A. King is the founder of the Dustin Inman Society, an anti-illegal immigration group. He has no faith in Washington's bi-partisan efforts to reform the nation's immigration laws.

"People shouldn't be fooled with this false promise of secure borders," said King.

He already coined a phrase for it - -- "Rubi-Obama Amnesty" --  a reference to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and the President.

"The party of the people doesn't matter. The Democrats want the added vote, and the Chamber of Commerce Republicans want additional cheap labor," said King.

A bipartisan group of eight senators held its first meeting to discuss drafting a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Wednesday. President Obama also addressed the issue in Tuesday's State of the Union address.

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