WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - President Donald Trump's impending decision on the future of DACA has many local DREAMers worried.
DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children.
DACA, also known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was unveiled by President Barack Obama in 2012. The directive protects DREAMers from deportation so long as they meet a certain set of criteria.
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Claudette Monroy, 30, came to the United States from Mexico when she was 15. Her mother sent her stateside to stay with her sister. Monroy said after her visa expired, she remained in America. She calls it home.
"We're just regular people that want to live our lives, go to school and work and contribute to society," Monroy said of DREAMers.
Trump is expected to decide the future of DACA on Friday.
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According to the Associated Press, advocates on both sides of the issue are bracing for the possibility the President might halt the issuance of new work permits that DACA recipients typically receive.
Monroy told WUSA9 she is hopeful the DACA program is not changed.
"At this point, it feels like we don't have a lot of control over what's going to happen," she said.
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