Congress and the White House unveil their comprehensive immigration plans this week, and the hopes of over 11 million people hang in the balance. What are their hopes? Are they they optimistic? Anxious? And what’s at stake?
We’ve assembled a roundtable of undocumented immigrants to share their stories.
Victor Palafox was born in Mexico, and came to the United States illegally when he was six. He now lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, with a work permit. His mother is still undocumented.
Yohan Garcia is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, and came to the Bronx at the age of 15. He's now 25. He's a fellow at the New York Immigration Coalition and student at Hunter College.
So what do they want? For example, do Angy, Victor, or Yohan believe that they should be penalized for being in the country illegally? Angy Rivera says: "I think that we've contributed since we've come here, through the education system, we've worked as well, we've been in school, we've done internships. I think we've served the same way everyone else has."