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Raleigh family wonders if immigration actions will help them

Posted November 20, 2014

— 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.


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  • Lucas Turner Nov 21, 2014

    No, will not help the live in boyfriend. This is not amnesty. This is just a ploy to get the illegals out of the shadows, come into INS and register, get a SS card so they can work and pay taxes. Its about identifying who you are and getting taxes in the future. I doubt very seriously if 10% fall for it. If they do, the Feds will have your SS #, address etc and when this program ends in three years potentially come arrest you and deport you. That's all this program is. There is no path to citizenship, right to vote, ability to collect social services, health care etc. You tell me why they should come out of the shadows?

  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 21, 2014

    Seems to me they are breaking the law.

  • Sean Dowe Nov 21, 2014
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    If they are here ILLEGALLY deport them.

  • justabumer Nov 21, 2014

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    This is exactly what I don't understand about this issue. Why would anyone think it's unreasonable to expect folks who want to come to our country to do it legally?

  • disgusted2010 Nov 21, 2014

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    Calling names, acting immaturely, disparaging the US and advocating imposing his elitist beliefs on all of us is his stock in trade.

  • disgusted2010 Nov 21, 2014

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    One glaring example of the fallacy of our immigration laws. Let someone in who obviously hates this country, disparages it at every opportunity and wants his insane beliefs universally adopted.

  • anti-Hans Nov 21, 2014

    If I were to drive my friend to the bank, knowing he was robbing the bank, and then driving him away, I would be charged with aiding and abetting the robbery. I knowingly helped someone perform an illegal act.

    So therefore, why is WRAL not charged with this? They went out and found a crime being committed and has done nothing to turn in the illegal activity except promote how awful this country is for making this poor woman fear for her deportation. She is here.........ready for it......ILLEGALLY! She is breaking the law!

  • tri123 Nov 21, 2014

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    You don't have to be a citizen to have a social security number. Anyone in the world can get a social security number in order to interact with United States banks. So the thing about the question that is really concerning is this means you don't have a single non-American friend that would tell you this. In Wake County, were we have an enormous number of people from all over the world here for science and technology. We've got to start breaking out of this insularity and TALKING to the people we're trying to make laws about.

  • anti-Hans Nov 21, 2014

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    But you see Grand Union, even though you and I disagree politically, I welcome you to this great country. You did come here LEGALLY, went through the process, and it took time but you did it LEGALLY. I am all for those who want to better their lives - just do it right.

  • disgusted2010 Nov 21, 2014

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    How can you live in a country that you obviously despise?