More than 80 percent of immigrants in America are from Latin countries. Lufkin businessman Ino Reyes came here from Mexico in the 1970s.
"It's the greatest country in the world as far as opportunities," Reyes said. "You can do just about anything you want to do if you set your mind to it and those folks that come here from Mexico, their goal is to make money here to send back to their families in Mexico."
Lufkin pastor, Joel Ake, also came here from a Latin country. He believes a lot of the negative attention given to hispanic immigrants is unfair.
"Congress has tried to make the illegals [look] like criminals and this is one of the issues," Ake said. "The hispanic people, or the immigrants in this case, say 'no, we are not criminals. We are people that like to work and like to help and [want to] be proud citizens.'"
Reyes believes the real focus behind the nation's immigration debate is purely political.
"Those guys are here and they're working and they're producing," Reyes said. "They're paying taxes when they buy something, they may not be reporting it, but they're not getting it back either. In my opinion, it's just all political."