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Fight For Immigration Reform Builds Supports in Central Virginia

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

The fight for immigration reform is building support in central Virginia.

The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights held its first meeting in Albemarle County Saturday to raise awareness to the issues facing undocumented immigrants.

Organizers say Saturday’s event was mostly geared toward networking and community education.

The major topics discussed included immigration reform, obtaining drivers licenses, and immigrant detaining.

The event was held at the church of the incarnation in Albemarle

County. Organizers gave informational presentations on several important issues facing immigrants.

They then held a work session to share stories and advice.

Tim Freilich is the co-chair of the coalition.

He says the ultimate goal is to get people behind immigration reform, to put an end to a system that he says often tears families apart.

"I think whatever side of the debate you're on, a system that leaves more than 72,000 U.S. Citizen children without one or both of their parents is clearly a failed system and needs to be fixed," said Frelich.

The coalition formed about a year ago.

It originally pushed for reform on the national level.

Members say they feel that effort failed, and now are trying to make a difference closer to home.

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