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Undocumented Mesa woman on Time cover weighs in

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MESA, Ariz. -

The president's decision to grant work permits to people brought into the U.S. illegally as children comes just days after a big cover story on the same topic in Time magazine.

The story deals with what it's like for young people who have grown up feeling as if they were American, but whose legal status tells them they are not.

That cover featured dozens of young illegal immigrants.

One of them is a woman from Mesa -- Erika Andiola.

Erika was brought to the U.S. illegally by her mom when she was 11 years old, and she was actually in Washington DC to protest when she heard today's announcement.

FOX 10: "You went there to protest inaction in immigration when you got the news. Tell us how you felt when you heard the policy."

EA: "Yes we were ready to put pressure on the president, and we heard the news today, I think it's the right thing to do.

"This has made my day, it has made the day of undocumented youth throughout the country, it's a great step to move forward."

FOX 10: "Some conservatives have come out calling it a jobs program for illegals. Did they make a good point there? We have record unemployment levels and now we are going to inject more than a million, maybe more undocumented immigrants into the workforce and the jobs are scarce."

EA: "I honestly don't see it as us taking jobs from the other, on the contrary there are a lot of us who have businesses, a lot who are ready to be professional.

"A lot of are ready not to take jobs but to create jobs for other Americans."

FOX 10: "Many people are saying this is obviously a political ploy to woo Latino voters."

EA: "Yes that's always going to happen in election year, any action a president takes is going to look, or any candidate, is going to look like that. Like I said, this is something we have been pushing for so it's not like it came out of nowhere, its years of pressure and work to push the president. Whether its going to help the president is going to depend on the voters on how they see this."

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