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Rubio's immigration bill gives hopes to families torn by deportation



Evelyn Rivera boiled inside as she watched her mother being put in the police car.

"I had to remain quiet and not reveal that I was undocumented as well," said Rivera, whose parents brought her to Florida from Colombia when she was 3 and overstayed a tourist visa.

The driving infraction that day in 2007 led to her mother being deported. Rivera, 24, hasn't seen her in person since.

If the broad proposal for immigration reform introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators becomes law, Rivera might get the chance. One provision gives people who were deported for noncriminal reasons the opportunity to return to the United States and get on a 13-year path to citizenship with millions of others who crossed the border illegally or overstayed visas.

"It's really exciting," said Rivera, of Altamonte Springs. "But I wish that part of the bill would stay secret. I know we're going to have to fight like hell to keep it."

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[Last modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:51am]


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