Valley Immigrants Share Stories on New Website

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- A new website in the Valley is starting the conversation about the need for immigration reform. The site is working to bring one politician on board.

"I haven't seen my grandfather for over twenty years and like I said, no one is getting any younger," said Isabel Castillo, an undocumented immigrant.

That's just one of many stories on a new website, taking people inside the lives of immigrants in the Valley.

"The purpose of this website is to give a human complex to a really complex issue," said Shaun Wright, one of the producers of the videos posted to the site.

By creating a website like VAISP.com, immigrants in the Valley hope to grab the attention of politicians like Representative Bob Goodlatte.
"I hope that he can introduce a bill that would reform our immigration system and give a pathway to citizenship for immigrants," said Castillo.

Castillo was approved for a work permit in the United States.

"The house judiciary committee, which i chair, is in the process of carefully and methodically reviewing each component of our immigration system in detail so that we get immigration reform right this time, including respect for the rule of law," said Representative Bob Goodlatte.

"You know I'm a father and I couldn't imagine not seeing my own children for fourteen years," said Wright who is touched by the immigrant's stories.

President Obama told Telemundo today that he doesn't think that the House of Representatives will make a decision about immigration reform before the August break.


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