(Las Vegas, NV) — Rep. Steven Horsford addressed the Nevada Legislature Tuesday prior to heading back to work in Washington. D.C.

The Las Vegas native talked about the ongoing sequestration, the need for immigration reform and funding education in Nevada.

Horsford told a story about a veteran, James Courtney who served three tours in Iraq and is disabled. His wife, Sharon, does not have a green card. In 2003, Sharon was detained and held for hours in El Paso by border patrol. She was denied a phone call and wasn’t allowed to speak with anyone.

Without explanation she was instructed to sign a document. If she did that, she would be free to go. So she signed the papers.

Now, Sharon stands accused of falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and at age 35 a deferred action program cannot help her.

Horsford wants to clear the path for reform so that people like James and Sharon Courtney can keep their families together

The entire speech can be read here Horsford speech

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