By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
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Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) - Hamidou, who we are identifying only by his first name, never goes inside his bank. He deposits his pay outside at the ATM. He also does not drive. And he definitely does not go to bars or any place there is a crowd.
The Mali native does this not just because he's in the United States illegally, but because he now believes he's within sight of a new law that will give him legal status:
[3:17] "I’m...basically waiting for the new immigration reform, I’m hoping that will be a good thing for me. Be able to be a citizen or have a legal status in this country. All over the world, wherever you go, people envy, people envy Americans. They want to be in the United States."
While Hamidou has been undocumented for well over a year, he's watching his steps with more caution now. No driving means no chance to get pulled over for speeding or a traffic accident. Avoiding bars reduces the chance that he'll accidentally be standing near someone else's fight or argument:
[2:00] "You can’t even have an argument with somebody because you’re afraid; you know cops can come and ask your ID...so I'm trying to be away from anything that can lead me to problems."