Immigration Plan Fails In Supreme Court, Effects Hundreds In Mesa County

Hispanic Affairs Project says they're disappointed in US representatives.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The hope of millions of immigrants across American fell short, as the Supreme Count blocked the passing of the proposed Immigration Plan from President Barack Obama.

Protests sparked across the nation as a divided Supreme Court blocked President Obama's immigration plan to help millions living undocumented in the US.

But in Grand Junction, the news fell on heavy hearts.

"There's just too much emotion to express the disappointment," says Estrella Ruiz, with the Hispanic Affairs Project in Grand Junction. "Disappointment in the system, disappointment in our representatives."

With many in Grand Junction immigrating from other areas of the world, she says this was something they had been hoping to see end with positive results.

"Our program, we had a lot of people that were already ready for this," says Ruiz. "They qualify for it. They were ready to go."

For over a decade the Hispanic Affairs Project has been working to help families in Western Colorado and holding onto hope of an immigration reform.

"This is a huge impact in our community, the Western Slope and Mesa County," says Ricardo Perez, the Executive Director of the Hispanic Affairs Project. "Especially because we have a very large immigrant community. The Western Slope has 20% of the population are immigrants from Latin America and we have families who are one member or 2 members in the family at least are undocumented."

The proposed plan would have fought to protect parents of children who are in the country illegally. Children in our community say knowing they could lose their family is their biggest fear.

"It scares me because I only have one family, and if they leave, I have no family," Maya Soliz.

But those driving the project say they won't stop here.

"They ask why, and once you explain it to them and they see you, and they see the injustice, they see you as a human, they understand that this is something that is effecting everybody," explains Ruiz. "In all of our neighborhoods, you don't know."

For this community, Perez says this battle is something hundreds need to see fought and won.

"This is a priority for out immigrant community," says Perez. "We are committed to do it. It's about time we believe."

And one day these believe there will be a change.   


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