Immigration reform renews faith for undocumented students

By GIOVANNI DAMIAN, Editor-in-Chief 

KANSAS CITY, MO — Over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United have faced many struggles and frustrations throughout the years without a comprehensive immigration reform, but after Obama made an announcement on Tuesday, Jan. 29 about upcoming immigration reform, immigrants have renewed faith they will be able to earn citizenship, soon.

President Barack Obama took a trip to Las Vegas to discuss the immigration reform, which according to Obama “is his top legislative priority.”

Barack Obama’s trip to Las Vegas could end up being a dream changer for a lot of Hispanics which includes a path to citizenship.

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The proposal for immigration reform includes:

•           Create a tough but fair path to citizenship

•           Reform the legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the economy.

•           Create a effective employment verification system.

•           Improve worker visa process.

Republican Sen. John McCain, an author of this bill, said that the republicans need the Hispanics and the Democrats want them.

“We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that,”McCain said.

“If we don’t do better with Hispanics, we’ll be out of the White House forever,” Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro said.

Alta Vista parent, Patricia Damian said that this will benefit her mother and sisters that live in the country without citizenship.

“I think that this new plan is going to affect a lot of humans not only Latinos,”Alta Vista student Rafael Calderon said.

There are 11 million Latinos undocumented living in the United States today.

For those 11 million living in the United States now have a chance to earn citizenship but according to the senators it won’t be easy.

Alta Vista staff member Walt Gomez says the Republicans would agree with Obama if he makes the immigrants pay back taxes.

“A recognition that a path to citizenship will be earned citizenship,” newly elected Democrat from Texas Mayor Julián Castro said meaning that illegal immigrants would be forced to learn English, and pay fines and back taxes before they could become citizens.

“The immigration reform doesn’t really bother her and affect me in any way but I think that it is going to change many lives,” junior Gabriela Araujo said.

According to Eduardo Escobedo this is really going to be a life changer and help further in life because he is currently undocumented.

“I really want this immigration reform to pass because I want them to have the same opportunities as myself,” junior Victoria Mendez said.


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