Immigration legislation worries area residents who have gained citizenship
Maria Ochoa shares her immigration story Friday. (Jennifer M. Howell/News-Sentinel)
Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006 10:00 pm
Maria Ochoa crossed the border illegally, worked in a clothing
factory and dodged immigration agents until she was granted U.S.
citizenship in 1996. Lilia Neira also crossed the border without
documentation and worked in restaurants and fields until gaining
citizenship through her husband in 1991. Both women came to the
United States in search of a better life than their native Mexico
afforded. And both found it.
Yet now the two women fear that some of the immigration reform
bills being debated in Congress could disrupt the social framework
of families living here illegally, while other measures might keep
low-paid illegal workers from ever attaining the American
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