INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Biden government has proposed a route to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants.
In Indiana, many immigrants protected by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) say they looked forward to President Joe Biden’s suggestion.
Alicia Cardoza Regalado is just one of the thousands of undocumented immigrants in the country protected from deportation by the DACA program. Regalado and her older sister were smuggled into the United States from Mexico more than 10 years ago.
“We had to cut our hair to match the passport photos, we had to learn new names, we jumped from house to house until we could finally be with our mother, and then we just drove for hours until we got to Indiana.” Regalado said.
Regalado says Indiana is home and for the past four years she has feared the Trump administration would take that away. But now, with Biden’s immigration proposal and the road to citizenship, life is getting better.
Manuel Alarcon Nava was from Acapulco, Mexico. He says he fled to the United States with his family when he was 4 years old. “We had to flee this type of city we lived in because of the ongoing dangers,” said Nava.
Nava says while Biden’s path to citizenship is a step in the right direction, he believes they will face more challenges in the future.
“The path to citizenship would be shown. But would it be much easier for us? Maybe not, ”said Nava.
Regalado remains optimistic with Biden.
“It was a weight off our shoulders, frankly. It was as if we could finally breathe; There was no need to live in fear for now, as if things were slowly moving towards a better future, ”said Regalado.