Yubelly Perez and her husband migrated to the United States from Columbia and have been granted asylum as political refugees.
While they have legal status in the country, Perez works tirelessly as an advocate for immigrants living and working in the shadows.
“I admire them to be able to be here, but we need to do something for them,” she said.
The U.S. Senate has passed its version of immigration reform which includes border security and visa employment changes while providing a pathway to help legalize the 11 million undocumented residents currently living in country.
"Everything that I want to see in the bill is there," Perez said.
One of the organizers of Thursday’s event recognizes the U.S. House may be the obstacle that stalls any immigration reform.
"I am skeptical this government can get it done," Cyndie Casares with Southwest Key Programs said.
Conservatives in the House demand a secure border and are cautious of offering what they call amnesty to millions undocumented citizens.
Casares places her bet on Hispanic backers of President Obama to push through reform.
"Because of the great turnout in Hispanic voting and the difference that it made in the last presidential election, I think that all parties realize that it behooves them to answer to Hispanic voting," she said.
Within the next decade, Latinos will become the majority in Texas. Recently many Latino voters have become more involved in reform bill passage.
YNN's John Salazar interviews Valerie Joiner, the community liaison for Southwest Keys Programs.
YNN: Immigration reform leaders meet in Austin
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