Republicans Fire Back at Obama’s Immigration Plan

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Local Latino families are celebrating as President Obama signs executive actions to reform what he calls a broken immigration system. 

Those actions will give temporary legal status and work permits to roughly five million currently undocumented immigrants.

Latino families at a rally in Uptown Charlotte Friday say President Obama’s plan is a good first step– but they’re still waiting to see what Congress is going to do.
 
For 13 years, Jessica Contreras has worried about her father being deported. She’s spent years rallying and protesting in Charlotte to keep her family together.
 
“Now we know that if it does go through and everything works out, that he’ll be safe and we won’t have to worry about that anymore,” said Contreras.
 
Like dozens of others who held signs and chanted at the rally, Contreras knows the fight is not over. 
 
“I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution,” said Obama. 
 
“The President has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms, said House Speaker John Boehner.
 
Republicans says the President is overstepping his authority by bypassing Congress.
 
“We need to do everything we can to try to limit and restrict and stop what the President is doing,” said U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger.
 
“All that stuff is partisan politics. The President has full, legal authority to hold and order an action like this,” said Armando Bellmas, with the Latin American Coalition.
 
Bellmas admits the President’s immigration actions are only “hope” at this point.
 
“We’re believing God everything is going to be okay for us,” said Luis Calix.
 
Luis Calix immigrated to America eight years ago. He calls Charlotte home and makes a living coaching kids at a soccer academy in Charlotte. Like others at the rally, Calix hopes Congress will pass an immigration bill.
 
“Hopefully all my other people like me will get our papers soon,” said Calix.
 
Activists are warning undocumented immigrants about people promising to get them legal status in exchange for up to $2,000. No one can guarantee status.