Lubbock DACA recipient likely to be deported if no compromise in

Lubbock DACA recipient likely to be deported if no compromise in D.C.

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lawmakers are in negotiations on Capitol Hill trying to find a compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. If no action is taken about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents illegally will be subject to to deportation.

Perla Becerra is one of those who could be deported. She and her family came to the U.S. legally from Mexico on a visa to visit family when she was in the third grade. While they were here, her mom decided to stay. 

"My mom just stayed here for us," Becerra said. "She knew this would be better for us."

The thing is, she did not know what her mom did was against the law. Despite having no say in the matter, she was susceptible to deportation.

President Obama's DACA program changed that. It protected select immigrants who came to the U.S. as a minor and have remained here from being sent back. It is not a permanent residency, though. The recipients must apply for citizenship after a number of years if they wish to stay.

"A lot of DACA students are just here to live the American dream and do better for ourselves. It really is just giving us a chance. We all just want to do better."

DACA is set to expire March 5, leaving Becerra and her son in limbo. 

"It is kind of scary but I can't say I'm scared to go back to Mexico because I know I would make the best of it and it would be OK but life here in the US, you know, it's way better."

President Trump said he wants a "bipartisan bill of love" to help restore the DACA protections he announced he would let expire. In his version it would allow young immigrants to stay with a pathway to citizenship. However he wants a compromise on the border wall by Democrats.

Caught up in the middle of these negotiations and partisan politics though are families like the Becerra's who do not know anything else other than life in the United States.

"I couldn't imagine life anywhere back in Mexico. I can't say home, this is home."

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