Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., recently introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would give illegal immigrants who have a job, are in school or serve in the U.S. military a chance to "earn legalization" by registering with the government, passing criminal background checks, learning English, and paying taxes and fees. They would then receive a six-year "provisional" visa and later, having met the requirements, would be eligible for a green card.
"We need change and we need it now," Matos said. "We really believed what Obama said, but we're still waiting. It's a year and we still haven't seen it."
In the most recent ABC News poll on immigration, 61 percent of respondents said they would support a program giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements. Thirty-five percent said they oppose such a plan.