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Venezuelan Mother, Daughter See Obama's New Plan As "Slap in the Face"

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

Last week, the president took executive action on immigration. It could save five million illegal immigrants from deportation. But for some who completed the citizenship process the legal way, they're not too excited with this new immigration plan.

You might remember Scott Shields, our former Sports Director at NewsWest 9. It turns out his wife and her family completed the citizenship process in 1999. They came to the U.S. from Venezuela. But when asked about President Obama's executive action, to them, it was nothing short of a slap in the face.

"16-17 years ago, my brother, my mother and myself, we all became American citizens out of respect for our country," Catherine Shields said.

The violence in Venezuela is what Elsa Corbella says triggered the decision to leave her home country and bring her children to the United States to start over.

"[My mom] was never gonna leave Venezuela, she says," Shields said.

"In '79, in the beginning, we said, 'We leave.' We sold the business, the apartment and we came here thinking of our children. We came here with the money in our pockets," Elsa Corbella said.

"My brother and I, we donated all of our toys. I came with one baby doll," Shields said.

After President Obama's announcement granting deferred deportation to up to five million undocumented immigrants who qualify, Elsa and Catherine, who spent their time and money on the legal citizenship process, aren't too thrilled about the new immigration plan.

"We live in a huge population of all sorts of people. You have to do your research. Yeah, it's a slap in the face. 'Here, I don't care what you've been doing all this time. I'm just gonna say we're gonna do it this way.' What's your follow-up plan [Obama]?" Shields said.

Elsa says she lived in the United States three years without work. But even under this new rule granting qualified immigrants a temporary work permit, unless you go through the legal process, it won't last forever.

"Obama is like, 'Here! Here's your temporary, come forward. Everybody come forward! Then we'll decide what to do with you after your temporary stay.' No. You're just making a decision without thinking of the consequences that come after it," Shields said.

Elsa and Catherine believe a compromise between the President and Congress is the way to go. That way immigrant students, or any immigrant bringing income to the country, can apply the legal way to avoid short-term relief.

"Having done it the legal way, you don't have to look over your shoulder. Having done it the legal way, we are able to get benefits," Shields said.

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