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Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families
Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

The president's immigration plan would allow 5 million of the almost 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country to stay and obtain work permits.

"That made me feel sad a little bit because I know that some people may not be able to take advantage of this," Casillas said, "but it is very good news."

She was aware that immigration is a controversial issue and that there is strong opposition to President Obama's actions. But she made the case that she came to this country because she had to.

"I understand that some people say 'you guys came here and you (broke) the law," Casillas said, "I understand that, but we just came for work. And I think we kind of help this country with our hard work."

During the president's address Thursday night she will be attending a ceremony where her son will be honored for his good grades. But she says she will still be plugged in and paying attention to the announcement from the White House.