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Obama's Immigration Action Invigorates Advocates

Nov 21, 2014

Credit Rita Daniels

Immigrant rights advocates gathered in downtown Albuquerque today to express support for President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

UNM student Karina Burciaga told a crowd of about one hundred that the President’s action will affect her personally.

“This victory gives us the energy and the hope to continue to organize," she said, "until all of our families are free from the fear of deportation, the tension and family separation.”

President Obama has created opportunities for about 5 million immigrants who are not here legally to remain in the U.S. temporarily. Burciaga is optimistic that this will change people’s lives for the better by keeping families together.

The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center will hold legal fairs statewide to explain who is eligible and how to go through the process.