April 19, 2014
State Democrats wrestled with immigration reform at their convention Sunday.
The issue is largely seen as a divisive one for Republicans but
Democrats showed they are having just as much trouble with the
In the end, a majority of state delegates voted to pass a
platform that vows to protect the rights of all immigrants,
including illegal ones.
An earlier draft only vowed to protect the rights of "legal"
immigrants, which sparked an intense debate.
Las Vegas delegate John Mendoza said U-S law offered legal
rights to all people, not just citizens.
The platform also declares the party's support for penalizing
companies and people who exploit illegal immigrants.
It also calls for reform that allows a path toward citizenship