PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A group of immigration activists are saying they've caught a congressman in a lie. They claim Rep. Trent Franks told them he supports comprehensive immigration reform, and then he took it back.
Promise Arizona is claiming Franks told them he supports a special path to citizenship for those already here illegally and then started backpedaling, thanks to pressure from his own party. But the Franks camp said it's all a big misunderstanding.
"It was the most devastating moment for my family, I believe, just the simple thought of not having my family together," said 21-year-old Nancy Loreto at a prayer vigil outside Franks' office Tuesday. She said her mother was deported when she was 17.
"No children should be growing up without their mother," Loreto said.
She said she was excited when she heard that Franks told a group of activists from Promise Arizona he supports immigration reform when they staged a 24-hour protest and vigil outside his home Friday night.
"He went on record stating he support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship," said Tony Navarrete from Promise Arizona. He said they're all shocked that Franks is now saying - not so fast.
"We voted for you, but how are we supposed to continue supporting you when you flatly lied to our face?" Navarrete asked.
Promise Arizona met with Franks' staff at their vigil Tuesday, and a spokesperson in Franks' office said it's all a big misunderstanding. His spokesperson said Franks told the group while doesn't support a special pathway to citizenship for those already here illegally, he's open to allowing them to apply for citizenship the old-fashioned way so long as they do so from their home countries.
Franks purportedly visits with House Speaker John Boehner twice a week to discuss immigration issues.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.