'Dreamer' holds out up despite possible end to DACA

As we wait for word from the White House about the future of DACA, some 800,000 undocumented immigrants are unsure what the future holds. One dreamer told our Stephanie Ramirez, she still has hope.

WOODBRIDGE, VA (WUSA9) - Monday night, on the eve of a major DACA decision, protesters rallied outside of the White House.

Their message to President Trump: Keep DACA.

‘DACA’ stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s a program created under President Obama that is shielding from deportation an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

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On Tuesday, it could all end, but one 20-year-old Dreamer and DACA recipient said she still has hope.

"I'm not going to lie, it's a little fearful because they have our information,” said Jennifer Romero, who is choosing to remain positive. “I'm hopeful that the president will at least make it like a buffer so we have time to fight in Congress."

That’s why the 20-year-old was out with her brother canvassing for Congressional candidates Monday afternoon in the Woodbridge area.

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Romero said thanks to DACA, she has been able to work and get a driver’s license. She’s saving money to attend college. Romero said she does not qualify for financial aid under DACA.

Still, she has her heart set on higher education. She also said immediately after high school, she wanted to join the military.

“It would be an honor to fight for the country I grew up in, I was raised in,” said Romero, who says she would also consider becoming a teacher down the road.

The 20-year-old says she hardly remembers coming to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 4 years old. She doesn’t know where she would go if she was sent back tomorrow.

Romero and her brother plan on joining dozens, if not hundreds, of people planning to be outside of the White House protesting on Tuesday.

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