New immigration reform effort would greatly impact UALR student

LITTLE ROCK, AR — There is a new proposal that would change immigration. The announcement will have a major impact on one UALR student.

Luis Miguel Lopez came to America at age two and right now, he is here under a student visa. Lopez says the immigration reform announcement is welcomed news.

“It makes me believe in democracy. I think we are the envy of the world. Other countries always look at our democracy because it is the best. I think this is the perfect example of that,” said Lopez.

A component of the bipartisan plan would allow immigrants to apply for citizenship without having to go back to their home country, which would greatly affect Lopez. His visa expires when he graduates in 2014.

If the issue doesn’t pass, he would have to go back to Mexico.

“Hopefully, I can stay here and be a productive member of society and contribute to this great nation.”

But Lopez realizes the plan must still pass both houses of Congress, which reminds him there is still work to be done.

“I think those 11 million illegal immigrants who are here right now, will contribute so much to society,” said Lopez.

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