'Dreamers' prepare for Obama's executive action on immigration

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Dozens showed up for a rally at the Arizona Dreamers Coalition in central Phoenix Wednesday night to get ready for a big announcement by President Obama on immigration.

The biggest point being made was that it will not be a path to citizenship, but most likely a way for parents to stay with their kids and get a work permit.

Rocio Andiola, 35, was there. She came here when she was 15 and said an illegal immigrant who is a parent is especially hard because she can't get the job she needs to support two teenage boys and she lives in constant fear of being deported.

As a parent who has been here for more than a decade and has children who are legal, Andiola will likely be helped by the president’s plan.

"The greatest of all is our family is going to be together and we're not going to be scared of being separated anymore," she said.

When asked what she would say to critics who say she shouldn't be here in the first place, she said, "They actually don't know how hard it is to get a visa to come here and they don't know the reasons actually why are we here, my mom brought us here because she was suffering of domestic violence in Mexico so we ran away from that."

Advocates say the president's plan is a start, but it is not going to solve the problem long term. Erika Andiola with the Dreamers Coalition said they will keep fighting for legislation.

"This is not a permanent solution that means that people are still in danger of deportation, but it's not as imminent as it is right now," she said. "It's a great step forward. There's many polls that say that most Americans would agree that there should be some sort of path to citizenship for the people who are here undocumented, but unfortunately Congress is so dysfunctional that they can't get anything done."

She added that when Obama announces his plan, he will set an implementation date, which likely will be a few months away.