Third and Final Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy

In tonight's debate you can expect the candidates to sling dirt on the recent attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya, Iran's potential to gain nuclear weapons, and troops in Afghanistan, but that won't be all.

At least it shouldn't be, according to local immigrants who's future's may depend on the debate over immigration policy.

"There are a lot of people who probably are waiting to come and see us because they want to know who's going to be in office, and is the Dream Act application process going to go forward, and where does it go from that, or is it going to be stopped," said Bowling Green International Center Director Suzanne Rose.

The Dream Act would allow children of illegal immigrants who grew up in the U.S. an opportunity to become legal citizens, something Rose says the International Center deals with frequently.

"When they grow up, they find out they are impacted by the illegal status that they didn't even know they had growing up," said Rose.

One refugee from the former U.S.S.R. knows first-hand the difficulties of gaining citizenship, and why the process is heavily debated.

"It was still hard even though knowledge of the English was better, but we all studied every day for about six months to be ready to take the test," said Former U.S.S.R. Refugee Evelina Gevorgiyna.

Gevorgiyna says Bowling Green takes in nearly 300 refugees a year, and even more immigrants. She says they play an important role in the growing community.

"Depending on who is in charge, we want to have these refugees, we want to help them. They are very hard workers, and that's why those numbers are very important," said Gevorgiyna.

Gevorgiyna came to the U.S. in the 90's with her husband and four year old, and says children adapt to the culture they are brought into and it becomes their own.

"Kids are adjusting very fast. For adults it's more difficult, but even my three-year-old speaks very good English now," said Gevorgiyna.

Those children now await the results of this election, as it could potentially determine their status as citizens.

You can watch to see how the debate over foreign policy pans out tonight at 8 here on WBKO ABC.


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