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October 08, 2015

Aguilar Reaffirms Support for Families Affected by Immigration Crisis

This week, Rep. Pete Aguilar continued to observe Hispanic Heritage Month through conversations with Inland Empire families affected by the immigration crisis. His latest discussion was with Ernesto Cristotomo of San Bernardino, who would be eligible for Deferred Action for Parent of Americans (DAPA) under President Obama’s executive orders. Mr. Cristotomo has three children, one of whom is eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and two who are United States citizens.

“It’s important to stay connected with families and hear their personal stories—to have a firm understanding of the hardships they face,” said Aguilar. He continued, “I appreciate Ernesto taking the time to share his real fears and struggles, the same uncertainties that so many undocumented mothers, fathers and children experience throughout San Bernardino County every day.”

“It was nice talking with Congressman Aguilar about my family. I have three children. The fear of being taken away from them terrifies me. I want to be able to go out and live freely with my family in our community without worrying about what could happen,” said Mr. Cristotomo.

Rep. Aguilar’s conversation with Mr. Cristotomo was the third discussion in a series of storytelling to highlight Hispanic Heritage Month, and was facilitated by the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights for Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Rep. Aguilar is a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.