Oregon Public Broadcasting

Several hundred people converged Saturday in Salem to talk about a political agenda for helping immigrants in the region.

Law enforcement leaders from the Willamette Valley got a warm reception at CAUSA's annual Immigrant Action day. The crowd gave Cornelius Police Chief Paul Rubenstein a standing ovation after he addressed them in Spanish. CAUSA director Francisco Lopez says public safety is just one of several items that will get attention this year.

"One of our major issues we're working on for 2012 is voter registration, but we're also looking into priority issues that we will carry through the elections."

One of those issues is reversing a 2008 law requiring proof of citizenship as a requirement for getting a driver's license. Lopez says the group will also try again to convince the legislature to authorize in-state tuition for Oregon students, regardless of their citizenship status.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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