April 17, 2013
The new immigration bill, released today, is receiving positive feedback from local immigration groups like Charlottesville's Creciendo Juntos.
However, for some immigrants there is still a sense of fear that families will be separated and deported as a result of this bill.
Creciendo Juntos, which helps support legal immigration, sees this as a better path to citizenship for those immigrants living in Central Virginia
"In passing this bill I feel like we are going to have a safer country, because we are going to be able to know where people are," says Gloria Rockhold, chair of Creciendo Juntos. "Like right now, there is an estimate that there are 5,000 Latinos that live in the Charlottesville or Albemarle area, it could be 5000, it could be 10,000 for all we know, because not everybody signed up to say here I am."
Local immigration attorney, Charles Henter also said quote "Most immigration attorneys believe this is a great beginning....and that this will allow immigrants to do the right thing."
The 884 page bill will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday of this week. This could be the first major change to the nation's immigration laws since 1986.