SAN DIEGO -- Anticipation for President Barack Obama’s planned executive action on the nation’s broken immigration system is growing across the country.
Experts estimate as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants--150,000 in San Diego--could benefit.
“I feel very blessed that I’m able to live here and I thank every day that I have my parents,” said Nazareth Ramos, 16, a high school senior.
Ramos is enrolled in college courses and wants to study engineering.
He benefited from President Obama’s first executive action on immigration, known as Deferred Action Status, allowing millions of young undocumented immigrants to remain in the country without fear of being deported.
The same could soon happen for millions more like his parents.
“We are cautiously optimistic,” said immigration activist Andrea Guerrero.
Guerrero just returned from Washington D.C., where she met with White House officials who said President Obama plans to once again take executive action on immigration before the end of the year.
“What we think will happen is some form of temporary status that is not a pathway to citizenship but does provide the ability for undocumented immigrants to stay here with family members and be able to work while Congress debates what to do about immigration reform,” said Guerrero.
For the Ramos family, it would be the end of a life lived in fear.
“You’re always living in fear. I go to work thinking will I make it home today?” said Lilia, Ramos' mother.
There are many in Congress, mainly Republicans, who oppose the President’s plan to take this action and accuse him of overstepping his boundaries.
They claim it is up to Congress to fix the immigration system.
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