HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- There's a big push around the country and in Connecticut for immigration reform.
Advocates in the state are being joined by business and labor leaders that say it will help job growth and be good for the economy.
49-year-old Tomasz Kocab and his wife Joanna live in Monroe with their three daughters.
She is an accomplished musician and plays for churches. He owns and operates a successful flooring business in Manhattan that employs five people.
Two years ago, Tomasz was arrested and almost deported because he had been in the country illegally, running a business, paying taxes, raising a family, and staying out of trouble for 26 years.
"Every day I was living with...afraid...are they going to stop me somewhere," Tomasz said.
Tomasz and Joanna went to the Capitol Friday to support Senator Dick Blumenthal in the push to get Speaker of the House John Boehner to bring up the immigration reform bill that has already passed the Senate.
"About 40 percent of the 'Fortune 500' companies were either started by an immigrant or by a child of an immigrant," said Pete Gioia, CT Business & Industry Assoc.
Big business stood side by side with labor leaders and immigrant rights' organizations Friday, saying immigrants are good for the economy and a path to citizenship is the right thing to do.
"The political handwriting is on the wall for Speaker Boehner and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives; pass immigration reform or impeded job growth and economic recovery," Blumenthal said.
Tomasz and Joanna also told News 8 they had a message for the Speaker of the House.
"I would like to remind him that this country's built by immigrants' hands and...you know...they need us," Joanna said.
"I trying...make something for myself and I'm sure so many people trying to do something like this," Tomasz said.
Tomasz now has a green card, through the efforts of Senator Blumenthal. He plans to apply for full citizenship in three years.
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