Nightly News   |  April 10, 2013

Thousands rally for immigration reform

Protestors took to the Capitol, shouting ‘The time is now!’ as politicians decide the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>>> across the country today marches and rallies to push for immigration reform , including a big march on the capitol in washington. protesters are demanding congress pass a bill that provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants , something they've been working on for months. nbc's tom costello reports on where things stand as of now. [ speaking in foreign language ]

>> welcome to washington, d.c.!

>> reporter: proving again their strength in numbers , several thousand protesters mostly hispanic brought their demand for immigration reform to the steps of the capitol.

>> senior president barack obama , the time is now, the time is now.

>> reporter: and the politicians will decide the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants .

>> a better life for all of our families and that's all we're looking for, the american dream .

>> reporter: inside the capitol, a bipartisan push in both the house and senate that would grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented men, women and children currently in the u.s. political reality brought republicans to the negotiating table after 71% of hispanics voted for president obama last november, now, both sides say the most contentious issues have been worked out.

>> on border security , on future flow of workers, on ag jobs, on dream act , all of those have largely been agreed to.

>> reporter: but to secure the border, senators today told the border patrol chief they must know how many people are coming across the border, not just how many are caught.

>> we need the metrics and we need them very badly if we're going to consider overall immigration reform .

>> reporter: in california and georgia today, more rallies.

>> 50 years ago we were marching for civil rights . today we march and walk again.

>> reporter: organizers say roughly 1 million young hispanics turn 18 every year, and this issue is very important to them. it's a political reality both parties are very aware of. tom costello, nbc news, capitol hill .