Obama on the Immigration reform

Documented Immigrants
BY:Maralyn Cruz-Ramirez
Friday Dec.19,2014

CHARLOTTE,NC- “We are a nation of immigrants…We are all descended from folks who come from somewhere else,” said President Barack Obama. On Nov.20,2014, Obama announced a new step to fix our broken immigration system. “If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check…you’ll be able to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation.” This new compromise has affected many through out the entire nation especially in NC. “North Carolina remains the ninth most populous state for illegal immigrants, and the state ranks eighth in the number of illegal immigrants in its labor force. They make up about 5.4 percent of the state’s work force.The state’s illegal immigrant population peaked at an estimated 375,000 in 2007,” states Barbara Barrett. a reporter from McClatchy Newspapers. Many of these immigrants have American children who go to public schools, Garinger is one of many CMS schools that have students with undocumented parents. Marina Hernandez junior at Garinger is one of the many students in which Obamas’ new compromise has impacted greatly. ” I feel like my parents don’t have to hide anymore, like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and my parents shoulders as well,” said Hernandez when asked about how she feels about this new resolution. “My mom and dad practically grew up here in the U.S. and for them to be treated unequal just didn’t seem right. They deserve equal rights just like any other American,” said Hernandez,”I don’t have to worry about them getting stopped by a police on their way to work or on their way to get groceries and having the possibility of them getting deported to a country they barely know now. Even though it’s only temporarily, it’s just a start and for the mean time, my parents are finally free now.” American students with undocumented parents all over the U.S. now have a chance to build a better future for their selves.They have opportunities now. “Our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society,” said President Barack Obama.

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