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It’s a move that will affect millions of people and is setting off enormous debates across the country. Thursday night, in a primetime speech President Obama laid out his plan for immigration, using an an executive order to protect millions for deportation.

Fusion Live spoke with Cristina Jimenez, the co-founder and managing director of United We Dream, the largest youth-led immigration network in the country, ahead of the announcement.

Jimenez is overall pleased with the news: “We look forward to hearing the details but based on what the media has been reporting we believe that this is a huge victory for the immigrant and the Latino community, mainly because it has been us: undocumented immigrants and families and people all across the country who have pushed the President, who have advocated, shared our stories, taken action together to make sure that the President understood that taking action on this issue was urgent and it is because of that work that we are getting to this point today.”

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But while the White House claims action on immigration reform is about keeping families together, it won’t protect DACA recipients like Sofia Campos, who told her emotional story at Fusion’s Rise Up event.

“This is a bittersweet moment for our community. We are really heartbroken to hear that some reportings say that parents of immigrant youth that have DACA or DREAMers are not part of the program and will not be included and able to get protection from deportation,” Jimenez said. “Our war will continue.”

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