LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – 19-year-old Edith Cruz spent the majority of her life in Lexington, is a Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, recipient and now her college education is on the line.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States began oral arguments on DACA.
The Obama-era program gives legal status to immigrants brought to America as kids. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced the repeal of DACA.
Two years and many lawyers later, the justices at the high court could decide the fate of thousands of “Dreamers.”
Cruz came to Lexington with her family in 2006. She was six.
“I try to be a regular citizen because I am a citizen,” she said. “I’ve been here since I was 6 years old I don’t know any other place.”
Cruz said with DACA she is able to have a social security number. Which allows her to get a job and apply for scholarships to help pay for college.
She said a degree from a school in the U.S. opens doors.
“I’m doing anything and everything I can to protect myself and my future to have a better life,” Cruz said.
SCOTUS is not set to release the ruling in this case until this coming summer.
In the meantime, thousands of “Dreamers” are in limbo.
“What’s next? Man I don’t know. I don’t have an answer to that question,” Cruz said.
She said she won’t stop advocating for immigrants though, sharing her story with any and everyone she can.