Eastern N.C. student fears for her future after DACA decision

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) –  Nearly a million people are in legal limbo following a decision by the president Tuesday.

It’s after the White House canceled former president Obama’s 2012 order to protect young immigrants from deportation.

Now President Trump is putting pressure on Congress to pass legislation that will protect undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors.

The president tweeted Tuesday night that Congress has six months to legalize DACA, or he will revisit the issue.

Twenty-year-old Vanessa Garcia was brought to America from Mexico City when she was 1 year old.

“My parents were always there for me and they’ve always tried to help me out like with the little that they could,” Garcia said. “They always taught to never give up on my dreams.”

For Garcia, those dreams include becoming a professional cosmetologist after graduation from early college and Lenoir Community College.

“When the whole DACA started, it was like we could actually do something for ourselves,” Garcia said. “We didn’t have to worry about whether we had to go back to our country and start from scratch.”

But as news of the end of the program has proved, this isn’t an easy journey.

“We try to better ourselves, and they just take it away like it is nothing,” Garcia said.

Garcia said there is nothing for her back in Mexico, and going there would be the same culture shock as anyone else moving to a new country.

“The food is different, the way they eat, the times they eat, schools transportation everything is just a lot more different over there,” said Garcia.

 

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