Deportation concerns as visas set to expire
— reported by KHOU CBS Channel 11
Arqueta is one of 40,000 Central Americans working in Houston thanks to Temporary Protected Status, a special visa program for victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
The visas will begin expiring in the next few months and the fear is they will be canceled and immigrants like Arqueta will be deported.
Critics argue it would be unfair to keep renewing these special visas only for Central Americans. They said residents of other countries such as Pakistan clearly need it as well.
A congressional campaign to prevent immigrants from being deported is under way.