CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - President Barack Obama's executive action on the immigration issue really hit home Thursday night for the Tri-State.
"If you put your mind to it, it will be done," said Luis Macias, whose mother is an undocumented immigrant.
Macias watched his mother struggle for 15 years of his life, never forgetting that valuable lesson. On March 3, 1991, his mother Alejandra Pimentel came to America as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who knew no English in search for a better life.
"They're going to give you the chance to have better jobs, better life. Our dreams really are coming true," said Pimentel.
She has four children – two born in Mexico, two born in America. Pimentel understands the deportation process as one of her children started going through it, and the father of her children Luis and Natalia who was deported.
"When you drive and go to work, you never know if you're going to come back," said Pimentel.
That may change after Thursday's announcement of executive action that's designed to help 5 million undocumented immigrants just like her.
"It's a travesty. He's not the king. He's not our emperor. He's the President," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Jones has been outspoken on the topic of immigration.
"As we speak, people are coming across and they're going to be coming across more because you can come here and you can get, eventually if you stay long enough, we're going to give you amnesty. You can get welfare. You can get free everything," Jones told FOX19 NOW.
Pimentel has struggled to make ends meet in America. She's been living off of one income, that being from one of her older children. She's hoping the President's new measure will help change her life so she can finally provide what she's been looking for for so long.
"There's no words I can describe more than - thousands, millions of people, going to feel like me," said Pimentel.