Ambar Pinto, a student and undocumented immigrant, to attend State of the Union
Nineteen-year-old Ambar Pinto is a lot like other college sophomores. She studies hard and wants to be successful.
But she lives in the shadow of being an undocumented immigrant.
"I am more American than Bolivian...," Pinto says.
Her family immigrated to the U.S. illegally from Bolivia seven years ago. One of her biggest struggles today is being able to attend college.
"As an undocumented student, I pay out-of-state tuition, which is around $300 to $400, so it's three times more and that makes it very difficult," Pinto explains.
Tuesday night, Pinto will be a guest of Senator Mark Warner at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.
She adds, "It's a huge honor...It's a huge responsibility. I think it's somewhere where I have the opportunity to represent the immigrant community."
Pinto admires the president and his plan to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. She hopes to hear concrete details about how that will happen in his speech.
"I want to hear a date...a date that says when the immigration reform is going to be on the floor for votes. I want to know that."
Pinto says the Dream Act is a start. She is hopeful a pathway to citizenship is in her future.
"I love this country," she told ABC7. "...and I want to be a part of it..."