HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Sanctuary cities, anchor babies, mass deportation, securing the border-- these 'buzz words' seem to be at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election, an election that, depending on who you listen to -- seems to have immigration at the center.
Like millions of immigrants, Hilda Mary Esguerra-Eisler came to America to make a better life for her family. She says she followed the path to become a U.S. citizen, which was not easy, but a process that was worth it.
Esguerra-Eisler say she believes in a secure border and the immigration process, and says presidential candidates proposing 'mass deportations' are off base.
"The undocumented workers have been here for many years. They didn't show up yesterday," said Esguerra-Eisler.
Esguerra-Eisler says immigration should not be used as a pawn in the political game because lives and families are at stake.
"At the end of the day, it's the undocumented hardworking people who are in the middle and who suffer," said Esguerra-Eisler.
Esguerra-Eisler says candidates with plans to help undocumented workers become legal citizens carry more weight than some may think.
"Many of those 12 million undocumented workers have family here... and they vote... they're U.S. citizens... and the fact they don't want their relatives to be deported and separate the families, they will vote for whoever is going to fix this problem," said Esguerra-Eisler.
Ultimately, she says she and many members of the Latino community will vote for the candidate whom they believe will take a firm stance on helping people come legally to America and who will follow up on their promises.
"The country will win and the people who come here looking for a better life will win," said Esguerra-Eisler.