PICO-UNION (CBSLA.com) — The lives of nearly 3 million undocumented workers in California could change in remarkable ways if a plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws pushes full-steam ahead.
A “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators Monday unveiled the framework for comprehensive immigration reform, which includes stricter border security and a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested In String Of Sexual Assaults Near Aliso Viejo Park
The undocumented workers, however, would have to pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and back taxes before they would be granted probationary legal status.
The plan, which also calls for a crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants, is backed by Pres. Obama, who will lead a key immigration reform speech in Las Vegas Tuesday.
25-year-old “Isis” of Pico-Union, who wished to withhold her real name, has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years as an illegal immigrant.READ MORE: Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 5 Women In LA
She couldn’t help but cry when she told KCAL9’s Suzie Suh what she’s had to go through.
“When I turned 17, I found out I wasn’t able to go to school because I didn’t have papers. It was a struggle,” she said. “Most of my friends are going to school. They’re doing something with their lives life and I just feel stuck.”
“Isis” said the bipartisan immigration blueprint is a dream closer to coming true—a dream where she no longer has to live in fear.MORE NEWS: Winds Blowing Smoke From Sequoia And Kings National Park Wildfire Into Southern California
“We can live free. It’s a chance for a new life, a new beginning,” she said.