Phoenix children head to DC for immigration reform

PHOENIX - A group of young Latinos will take on Washington, D.C. this week as they push for immigration reform.

"Sometimes I fear in school that when I come back from school, I might not ever see her again," said 11-year-old Brian Sanchez about his mother, Gina.

Brian is a U.S. citizen, but his mother isn't.

Together, they make up only half of his family. His two sisters are in Mexico, unable to join them in the U.S.

"I see how my sisters suffer because she's not around," Brian said. "She wants to be with them on their birthdays, graduation and school. And I see how my mom suffers because she can't love them or hug them like a real mother could."

But if the coin flips, it will be Brian living alone in the U.S. without his mother, a torn reality Gina faces each day.

"It's kind of sad to me because sometimes I see her cry," he said.

Gina told us she has faith and prays every day that God will return her home to Brian.

"I have a lot of faith," Gina told us in Spanish. "Before I leave my house, I pray to God that he keeps me safe and protects me and returns me home to my son."

Brian and nine other children are getting their church's blessing as they leave Monday morning for Washington, D.C. to share their stories with lawmakers and push for new immigration laws.

St. Matthew's Church raised about $1,000 to help send the 10 children to Washington, D.C.

"I have a dream that me and my family will be together again, and it's tough not being together," Brian said.

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