January 29th, 2013
03:48 PM ET

Immigrants' days filled with fear, uncertainty, separation

By Dana Ford and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - Every day, millions of people like 16-year-old Celeste live their lives shouldering a huge emotional weight forged by fear, uncertainty and separation.

She was only 10 years old when the reality of her family's desperate situation hit her in the face.

Rolando Zenteno has lived more than half his 18 years in the United States, yet he still feels like an outsider.

Another undocumented immigrant - Prerna Lal - is fighting to stay in her adopted homeland and dreaming of becoming an immigration lawyer.

As Washington lawmakers try to hammer out an immigration reform plan while avoiding political gridlock, millions of people find themselves caught in the middle - suspended between two worlds - while not really belonging to either.

Some immigrants spoke to CNN, giving permission to use their full names. Others chose to withhold their last names, fearing it would affect their legal status. Here are their stories.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Perhaps if their parents had been responsible enough to enter the country legally rather than illegally, they wouldn't have to live in fear and feel alienation; but that was a choice that their parents made and the "fear" and alienation that these children are experiencing is just one by-product of their parents selfish and criminal conduct. Sorry, CNN, but I don't feel sorry for these people, nor do I buy your thesis society is to blame for their predicament.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      That should be "parents" in the second line...my apologies for the typo. My sentiment as expressed in my first post remains the same. No guilt and no apolgies for that.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |