DACA recipients worried about their future


Protests erupted this week across the nation in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Many people are frustrated, concerned and angry over President Donald Trump's administration’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA).

Andrea Fernandez, a senior at UTSA, represents the nearly one million DACA recipients in the country. Texas has more than 124,000 “dreamers.”

“There's a chance that a lot of people in this country know a dreamer,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez was not eligible to renew her DACA status. Now all she can do is wait to see what happens next.

“I graduate in a year and a half,” Fernandez said. “My permit expires in a year.”

Trump discussed DACA in recent visits to states hit hard my Hurricane Irma.

“92 percent of the people agree on DACA but what we want is very powerful border security,” Trump said.

But nothing the president said brings comfort to dreamers.

“It is really hard to live every single day by day not knowing what's going to happen to me,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez’ dream is to graduate from UTSA and serve in public office but that could be stripped away if congress does not move quickly and come up with legislation that protects dreamers like her.

“This is the city that has given me all the opportunities to grow and I want to continue to contribute to the city,” Fernandez said.

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