Raleigh family wonders if immigration actions will help them
Posted November 20, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Xochil Hernandez is a mother of two who worries everyday whether she or her husband, Roman Alvarez, will be deported.
“The only one who works a lot is him, but he's not their father, so I don't know what's going to happen,” she said.
Hernandez and her family watched President Barack Obama announce executive actions Thursday night that would spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The actions will benefit illegal immigrants who have been in the country for more five years and whose children are American citizens or lawful permanent residents.
After passing background checks and paying fees, those individuals will soon be able to seek relief from deportation and get work permits.
Hernandez wonders if the executive actions will cover her husband, since he's not the children's biological father.
Her 12-year-old son, Christopher, and 9-year-old daughter, Angie, are American citizens.
Hernandez said she hasn't worked in 7 years because as an undocumented resident, she can't get a driver’s license.
She's now hopeful after hearing the president's speech about helping immigrants like her family and others.
“They support their families…are just like ours,” she said.
Hernandez said she has thought about leaving the country, but if she does that, she wouldn't be able to take her children.
“That has been my burden for the last 7 years,” she said.
If the president's plans are successful, Hernandez said she will finally be able to get a driver’s license and a part time job.
Her first priority is taking care of her children, she said.
Now her big question is whether the executive orders will cover her husband.