HEMPSTEAD - Two Hempstead sisters hope U.S. lawmakers will pass comprehensive immigration reform so that they can become citizens.
Arianna and Maria Arrozola admit they came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico City more than 12 years ago, but since then, they say they've gone to school and studied nursing. Now, they say they just want to become citizens and start working.
"I'm not a bad person," Arianna Arrozola says. "I don't have problems with the police. I would like the president of this country to help us to work, just to work."
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"Some people do come here to do damage, to hurt people for no reason, especially gang members or people who bring drugs," Maria Arrozola says. "But in my case, I want to stay here, I want to do good, I want to see myself paying taxes."
Under the proposed bill, immigrants would apply for temporary legal status. After a 10-year period, they could then apply for full citizenship, which would take another three years.
A close vote is expected in the Senate. The bill is expected to have an even tougher time in the House.