Undocumented immigrants sign over children amidst Alabama Law
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 23:56:24 GMT —
Alabama's tough measure on undocumented immigrants has not only immigrants in Alabama concerned, but those in South Texas as well.
Alabama's law allows authorities to detain suspected undocumented immigrants and allows officials to check students' immigration status.
A woman we'll call Gabriela has been in the U.S. illegally for more than 20 years.
She said even though Texas doesn TMt have a measure similar to that of Alabama TMs just yet, she is still in danger of being deported because of her legal status.
I came here to work and have money to get food on the table," said Gabriela.
She has three girls: the youngest 10 and the oldest 21.
Her children are all U.S. citizens.
Gabriela said she wouldn't want them to have to endure life in Mexico.
They are killing people over there, she said. They are just waiting for people to go back to Mexico just to steal their belongings and kill them."
This fear is a big reason why she's looking into signing over her children to her oldest daughter in case she's ever deported.
"So that she can take care of my youngest daughters while I can get my papers or someone can help me," she said.
Her 10 year old, who we'll call "Corina," said she wouldn't want to be separated from her mom.
"I want to go with my mom," said Corina.
She said she couldn't bear to be living across the border from her mom.
"You wouldn't want to stay here with your sister?" asked the reporter.
"No," she replied.
She said she needs to stay with her mom to protect her mom from all the bad people that are in Mexico.
"The guys that they call ~narcos TM kill people over there," she said.
Corina said she would sacrifice all the good that this country has to offer her to be with her mom, but that TMs something her mom said she wouldn't allow.