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Published June 13, 2013, 10:53 PM

West Fargo family calling immigration bill a life saver

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A West Fargo family fighting against threats of deportation calls the immigration bill a life saver.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A West Fargo family fighting against threats of deportation calls the immigration bill a life saver.

Members of the Nagbe family are part of more than 16,000 immigrants currently living in North Dakota, less than half of those new Americans are U.S. citizens.

Juwle Nagbe, Moved from Liberia: "How many other people are out there who day and night cannot sleep because they are afraid immigration will pick them up?"

Juwle Nagbe and his family of six came to America legally.

Grace Nagbe, Moved from Liberia: "Not really let anything keep me back."

After war in their home country of Liberia threatened their safety and have been battling the system ever since.

Grace Nagbe: "Sad to not know what's next."

At first the family was part of a temporary protection program but their papers expired about six years ago.

Juwle Nagbe Jr., Moved from Liberia: "From one bump to another but I just kept trying to stay focused."

And their fight toward citizenship, unsuccessful.

Grace Nagbe: "It's not only just people who are just illegal all the time, it's sometimes circumstances and it's not fair."

Grace and her brother Juwle Jr., have both graduated high school but are running into road blocks.

Juwle Nagbe Jr. "All my jobs let me go."

And because of their illegal status, they haven't been able to attend college.

Juwle Nagbe: "All these brains are just being wasted simply because they have no immigration status."

Keeping Juwle junior from his dreams of becoming a mechanic.

Juwle Nagbe Jr. "Sometimes you put your hope in things and we're just so used to disappointment."

And Grace, the opportunity to be a pediatrician and practice back in Africa.

Grace Nagbe: "To be able to help those children and hopefully give them a dream as well."

Juwle Nagbe: "When I think about them, I just shed tears. So if they live, I live."

A chance to live out their full potential.

The Senate is expected to make the final vote by early next month and if they decide to approve the bill, the Nagbe family has a better chance at citizenship.

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