Naturalized citizens say immigration reform is needed

(L to R) Jorge Flores and Jose Villegas
(L to R) Jorge Flores and Jose Villegas
Jose Villegas
Jose Villegas

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The United States is the land of the free, it is the place where many around the world dream of living.

Jose Villegas is originally from Venezuela, but married an American woman 18 years ago and became a United States citizen.

Villegas said, "Here you are free you can wear whatever clothes you want anything. They rob you for even a phone over there. And here you can do more things."

He believes immigration reform is needed to make a living in the US more accessible especially to the 12 to 20 million undocumented workers already living here.

"I think there are a lot of immigrants that have graphic designer degrees, lawyers degrees and if they can become legal here they can help the country,"Villegas said.

Jorge Flores hails from Mexico but became a naturalized US citizens more than 31 years ago and owns four restaurants in South Mississippi.

"Anybody from out of the country their dream is to work and have a better life like in my home town I don't go back," Flores said.

He considers himself privileged to call the United States of America home and to be able to provide a better life for his family.

Flores said, "A lot of people are ready to be American citizens but they don't have the opportunity."

The latest proposed bill being discussed by Congress would grant a temporary legal status to illegal aliens currently living in the US if certain conditions are met and would significantly increase legal immigration.

"Hope it's soon because it will help out all those people work in jobs and get paid more money for the job they do but because they are illegal they have to take less pay and can do better things," Villegas said.

Congress is supposed to vote on immigration reform sometime in June.

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