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Supporters of Immigration reform have generally favorable reactions to a a bipartisan national immigration reform plan outlined today. 

The deal announced today covers border security, "guest workers" and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

Inez Hernandez with Latino advocacy group Centro Civico in Amsterdam explains many "undocumented" immigrants just want to make better lives for themselves and their families.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of New York’s 51st district. The Democrat has served since 1994. They discuss the Vito Lopez scandal, education reforms, the fight against obesity, and Ortiz’s work chairing the mental health committee.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing a possible ethics probe after it was disclosed this week that he steered more than one-hundred-thousand dollars in secret payments to settle sexual harassment charges levied against Democrat Vito Lopez. But fellow Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz tells WAMC’s Capitol Connection program that he doesn’t expect Silver to be ousted.