Kevin McCarthy: 'We need an immigration system that works'

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Activists for immigration reform enter Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office in Bakersfield, Calif., to plead their case Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Activists for immigration reform continue to seek an audience with Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

Immigration activists regularly protest outside McCarthy's office, seeking support from the No. 3 House Republican.

McCarthy, the majority whip, has avoided publicly denouncing or supporting the immigration reform agenda.

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A meeting Wednesday between immigration reform activists and McCarthy wasn't a first, but activist Gonzalo Santos said afterward that he was at least partially encouraged by the outcome.

"I believe this is the beginning of a dialogue," Santos said. "Hopefully he will begin to come forward to our position in the near future."

McCarthy said he mostly listened to the activists and reiterated his desire to first secure the U.S. borders before taking other actions to fix the "broken" immigration system.

"We need an immigration system that works, that we keep America a country of immigrants," McCarthy said.

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