The idea of immigration reform has a lot of people talking. Many say it's a step in the right direction.
A proposal like this could legalize thousands of illegal immigrants here in Kern County, but with tighter border security as part of the plan, it's a proposal many in Kern County said they can get behind.
"They're always in fear and they are very limited," said Johanne Martinez of Bakersfield.
We live among thousands of illegal immigrants here in Kern County.
"My parents came from Mexico and they struggled, but they did what they had to do to become citizens. But, it was very hard from them," said Martinez.
Now, there's a proposal to reform and tighten security on the border, but light a path to citizenship for the eleven million illegal immigrants already here.
"I have my papers already, but I am always in favor of the people don't have it yet," said Eduardo Garcia of Bakersfield.
"We do need it," said Judith Seeds Miller, Immigration Attorney. Miller works with illegal immigrants every day.
"We have a large number of people who are living here out of status or undocumented," said Miller.
She is very much in favor of the reform.
"I think we are finally going to be able to tap into a lot of talent that's here that we haven't been able to utilize, and I think bringing them up will bring all of us up," said Miller.
Some Kern County Republicans also support the issue.
"This proposal will allow people to come out of hiding and work towards becoming citizens," said Nayely Sanchez, a Kern County Young Republican.
Sanchez said as long as this plan ensures better security on the border she supports the measure.
"Hopefully, with this it will be something that's moving towards the right direction, creating change, addressing illegal immigrants, but at the same time respecting individuals who have been waiting a long time to come here legally," said Sanchez.
But, there are still opponents of the reform.
"I think everybody here should be legal," said Dick Jennings of Bakersfield. "If people are here and they are not here legally they shouldn't be here."
But, on this bi-partisan bill many said this is a step in right direction.
"I think it is a win-win," said Miller.