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Trump’s Immigration Policy May Have Never Allowed Des Moines Business to Thrive

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines' Tortilleria Sonora is an American success story.

"We manufacture flour tortillas," said Owner Betty Garcia.

It was built from the ground up in 1993 by Betty Garcia and her family after leaving Mexico and immigrating to America in 1984.

"We have opportunities here that I know we wouldn't have back home," she says.

Betty says their American dreams may have never made it to light under Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed immigration policy revealed Wednesday in Arizona.

"Last year alone half a million individuals overstayed their visas. Removing visa overstays will be a top priority of my administration," said Trump.

Betty says her parents arrived to America on a visa which eventually expired.

"My mom decided she didn't want to go back and wanted something different. I'm not sure about the specifics as to why she wanted to leave,” she said. “All I know is she wanted more."

Trump also detailed which immigrants America should accept.

“It's our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us,” said Trump.

Despite a now flourishing business and winning the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit’s Outstanding Business award in 2012, Betty isn't sure her parents would have been viewed as a future success thirty years ago.

"My dad has an eighth grade education and my mom a third grade education,” she said.

As November's election nears, the William Penn University grad is glad she listened to her father and gained citizenship in 2007.

"He said, 'You just need to finish that last step in case anything happens and you know you are good.' Who would've known, like right now?" she said.