ROANOKE CO.,Va. — National immigration policy remains a hot button issue across the country. The recent announcement that the Obama administration will suspend deportations of some young illegal immigrants is generating more headlines and more debate, but who will it affect here in our region?
We wanted to hear from young people who came here as children years ago, have made their lives in this area, but now face an uncertain future.
Jessica Paz just graduated from Cave Spring High School. "I came here to the United States when I was 11 years old and I've been here for 8 years," she told us.
Like her friends Eddy Bolanos, and Angel Monjaraz, Paz came to the United States from Mexico with her family, and now she would like to continue her education. "I want to go to college. I want to be a nurse. I want to work. I want to have a license," she said.
The executive order suspending deportations of some young undocumented immigrants is seen as a hopeful sign in Roanoke's immigrant community.