Husband deported to Mexico, wife hopeful about immigration reform

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PLANT CITY, Florida -- For now, Cristina remembers her husband by his shoes at the front door and his photo on her cell phone. On Monday, he was deported back to Mexico.

"I guess he was going over the speed limit because there was a cop there checking the speed," she says through a translator. "When they saw he had no driver's license, they pulled him out of the car and put him under arrest."

She says they moved to the United States after facing extreme poverty in Mexico. They found work here in the fields picking crops so they could support their two young children.

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Under the current proposals for immigration reform presented by President Obama, and a separate plan developed by a group of eight senators, Cristina says she'd be happy to embark on the path to citizenship.

"It signifies to me that I will have papers, that it will be better for me here," she says.

Right now, as an undocumented immigrant, she can't drive. That concerns her, especially in the event her children get sick and she needs to seek care. That's one of the biggest reasons why she says she would want legal citizenship: to help her children live the best life possible.

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, several groups will meet at Centennial Park in Ybor City to discuss their reaction to the president's speech about immigration reform.

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