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Jackson immigrants fear deportation

By Jordan Hall
By jhall@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Latinos who live in West Tennessee met in Jackson on Saturday about the need for a new immigration policy.

The Senate passed a measure, but it ultimately failed without house approval by June 28. Now back at square one, immigrant families could be in jeopardy.

"We are afraid of what might happen if my daughters would have to stay here alone if either my husband or myself were deported back to Mexico," Silvia Zaragoza said, an immigrant mother of two.

Jose Davila works to inform immigrants on how to become citizens and how to deal with immigration policies.

"We have to have laws that treat them as human beings and show how this country has a respect for that which made this country - which was immigration," Davila said.

Davila hopes President Obama will take executive action to stop deportations, extend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to young adults, and bring on a full immigration reform policy.

"It would be difficult. Separation would be very difficult," Zaragoza said.

She said until something is set in stone, she prays her family can stay together.

Members of the group 'Latino Memphis' were also in attendance on Saturday, encouraging those who are citizens to register and vote to expand the Latino voting population.
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