Court split decision leaves immigrant families disappointed

KING 5's Amy Moreno reports

Thursday's 4-4 Supreme Court decision was a big blow to those hoping it would give their families a way to stay here legally. The order would have shielded up to five million immigrants from deportation and give them work permits.

One America estimates there are between 75,000 and 100,000 undocumented people living in Washington State. These programs could have given a significant number the chance to stay here without worrying about deportation.

Daniela Murguia and her family came from Mexico in 2008. They hoped coming here would give them better opportunities.
The family felt a glimmer of hope when they first heard about President Obama's programs. "We were like 'yes' this has to happen for us!" Daniela explained.

Those hopes turned to frustration when the family heard how the justices voted. Daniela says her mother became emotional "she started crying and said I'm sorry for bringing you here she said I'm sorry for thinking this would be better."

Maricela Osorio also worries about what this means for her family. Three of her daughters were born here but she has another living with relatives in Mexico, she was hoping the court would pave the way for the family to reunite and stay here legally.  Osorio has gotten support through the non-profit group Casa Latina. Through a translator she said they want the best for their children and hope to give them a good education and support their dreams.

Osorio says she now worries that she and her husband could be deported and their family torn apart. "My husband and I could have applied for DAPA but we can't do that so we're going to be in the shadows" she explained.

Daniela Murguia says she is also afraid of deportation, but refuses to hide. "This is not the end we're not going to keep living in the shadows" she explained. She's determined to fight for the future that her mom risked so much to give her. "It's my home, this is my soil and I'll keep fighting for this," she said.
 

Copyright 2016 KING


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