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Hundreds meet in Dallas to talk immigration reform on local level

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At a Wednesday rally for immigration reform in Dallas, 500 people showed up, believing neither Gov. Perry nor President Obama would fix some of the larger problems at hand.

Many at the event spoke of their wages being stolen by their bosses because of their illegal status.

They shared stories of being forced to work long hours outside without rest or water breaks. Another spoke of living in bed bug-infested apartments where landlords refuse to pay for pest control.

While they were listening to and sharing stories of personal hardship, news broke that Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend about $1.3 million per week to fund what is called "law enforcement surge operations" to fight a surge of illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border.

Every person FOX 4 spoke to about the plan had a similar reaction, saying there needs to be more done for illegal immigrants who are already in Texas, amnesty or otherwise.

Dallas Area Interfaith, the group that hosted Wednesday’s event, will launch an immigration action team in the next few weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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