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Two Md. Residents, Two Views Of A Path To Citizenship

11:33 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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HYATTSVILLE, MD (WUSA) -- A bi-partisan plan by eight United States senators to allow illegal immigrants to become American citizens is being welcomed by one recent Prince George's County high school graduate who fears her family could be torn apart under existing law.

"Nobody in my family is a citizen. My grandmother is a legal permanent resident. She is still at risk of being deported. My father is TPS ( Temporary Protected Status). He is still at risk of being deported. My mother is undocumented. My brother and I are undocumented but are currently waiting on work permits, but that does not mean we can stay here. At any moment we can be deported and leave our 10-year-old sister behind," said Veronica Saravia, who was brought to this country by her parents when she was 10-years-old.

It has been a life of uncertainty.

"I've led that life for about eight years, and it is horrible not knowing if tomorrow you are sitting at home and somebody is going to come and take you away, and separate you from your family, and it is just a really horrible thing," she said. 

The organization HelpSaveMaryland.org could not disagree more.

"We think it is a bad thing. We think it is rewarding activities that are effectively criminal. They are deportable activities. You're letting all these people stay. You're letting, in many cases, letting them stay in jobs when we have 22 million Americans who are either unemployed, or under-employed."

The organization's director Brad Botwin said, "there are flowery words in the document: 'No problem. We'll take care of everybody.' Well, you can't even take care of American citizens and find work for them." 

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