After hearing about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Arizona’s SB1070, the state’s residents have additional concerns and are taking legal action to make sure their families are protected. One such couple that is working to protect their family is Valdimir Heredia and Miriam Heredia, who have lived in the United States for the past 16 years but do not have legal citizenship.
Since they moved to the U.S. the couple has had three American-born children, which they are worried they may have to leave behind. Valdimir told the source that despite the fact they are undocumented immigrants, they want to stay in the country in order to keep their family in tact.
“Maybe we were born in a different country but in our hearts we are from here,” Heredia said. “We are just very proud to be Americans you know,” said Vladimir. “I wish to be a citizen, but it is hard and it is taking a very long time.”
Unfortunately, there have been several cases where parents have had to leave their children behind because they were deported. Forty-year-old Lorena Ewalt of Laguna Niguel, California, was recently deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for 21 years without U.S. citizenship. Although Ewalt’s community rallied for her to remain living in the country, she returned to Mexico to speak with the consulate. According to Fox News, Ewalt hopes that her request to return to the United States and live on a green card will be able to reunite her with her husband and children.