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Wilmington families see impact of Obama immigration plan

Wilmington families impacted by Obama's executive order. (Source: WECT) Wilmington families impacted by Obama's executive order. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

President Obama's announcement of an executive order will defer deportations of 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Part of the plan would allow for parents of children with green cards to stay in the country for a period of three years and apply for work permits and social security numbers.

This includes the parents of Yulenny Bailon Lopez. She was born in Mexico, but her parents immigrated to the United States when she was just two. Her brother is a citizen which means her parents will be included in this executive order.

"That's all I want,” Yulenny Bailon Lopez said. “An opportunity for my parents."

UNCW student Marisela Bautista also watched the President's announcement. She was born in Mexico but her parents worked hard at citizenship for her family while she was young.

“There was a point in my life I thought I wasn't going to go to college, because I didn't have a green card and for my parents to work so hard for that - and now I'm a senior at UNCW. It's meaningful to me," Bautista said.

Bautista said she can see the impact of President Obama's executive order and what it could mean for the Hispanic community. 

"It's the best thing he could have done. And I really really hope the best for the Hispanic community," Bautista said.

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