It is probably safe to say that a majority of undocumented immigrants in the Los Angeles area live with the fear of being discovered and deported back to their native country on a daily basis. Many have established their life in this country with their families and friends and have nothing left for them back in the country from which they emigrated.
This is the case for one undocumented immigrant who has been living in the United States for 20 years. He has tried in the past to become a legal U.S. resident but has yet to be successful. A new proposal to overhaul the country’s immigration laws could change all of that.
Instead of worrying about being taken from his home and deported back to his native Philippines, the man could relax and focus on building a better life for himself. He said that when he first came to the United States he did not plan to live here for a long time, but upon seeing the opportunities awaiting him, he decided to stay. He has high hopes that the proposal will pass and he can finally be a legal resident of the United States.
The recently announced proposal could provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people living in the United States who are currently undocumented. Those who are interested in residing in the country legally could benefit from speaking with an attorney who can discuss their options and the best way for them to proceed.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Proposed Path To Citizenship Gives Hope To Undocumented Immigrants,” Jim Williams, Jan. 28, 2013