Undocumented Residents Excited About Biden's Bill To Allow Them To Become Citizens

Pittsburgh immigration attorney Peter Rogers says lots of undocumented residents live among us. KDKA's Jon Delano has more.

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- The White House is out with a new immigration plan. It would shorten the path to citizenship for millions of immigrants already in this country. So what would the Biden administration plan do for those here in the Pittsburgh region? Political Editor Jon Delano spoke with some undocumented local residents about their hopes.

JON DELANO: For generations, this region attracted tens of thousands of immigrants, mostly from Europe. Today they come from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. And many broke the law to come here or bring their children here.

PABLO MOLINA: My life is here in the United States. I was here since I was two.

JON DELANO: 23-year-old Pablo Molina grew up in Pittsburgh, but he's not a citizen because he was born in Mexico and brought here illegally by his parents. Like 28-year-old Ana Alberto.

ANA ALBERTO: I was only 10-years-old when I came here and Pittsburgh has my heart now. I love the sports. I love even the weather.

JON DELANO: Under the Biden immigration bill, DREAMers like them could become citizens in just three years.

PABLO MOLINA: Dumbfounded and extremely happy because such an opportunity didn't seem possible not too long ago.

JON DELANO: They are not alone here. Immigration Attorney Peter Rogers says lots of undocumented residents live among us.

PETER ROGERS: They would be in the thousands, Jon. But there are nationalities from all over the world.

JON DELANO: But Ira Mehlman with fair, a group that opposes Biden's bill, says these immigrants came or stayed illegally.

IRA MEHLMAN: It is all about amnesty for millions of people who violated our laws. It is all about satisfying the demands of business interests for more labor because the law of supply and demand means that wages get tamped down.

JAMIE ENGLERT: I think we're faced with the choice of what do we do with people when they're here? I personally would like to see people documented and have legal status so that they're not afraid to report crimes.

JON DELANO: Like most immigration bills, this one faces lots of hurdles in Congress. John Delano, KDKA News.