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DACA recipient speaks up about possible end to program

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Thousands of college students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fear their stay in this country might be coming to an end. 

22-year-old, Daniela Gonzalez Rendon took to Facebook to share her story about being one of those students. Rendon's Facebook post triggered more than 5-thousand shares. 

According to Raices Texas, there's more than 5-thousand dreamers in the Coastal Bend. The decision for what happens next is now in the hands of Congress. President Donald Trump is leaving Congress with six months to come up with a plan to make DACA into a law. 

Two weeks ago, Rendon witnessed the overturning of the DACA program by the Trump administration. Our reporter, Marisol Gonzalez asked her what she fears the most, she said, Corpus Christi no longer being her home. 

Rendon is a proud Texan, she says, she's just born a few hours away. Her passion for school has earned her good grades. She's a student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a soccer scholarship while working full-time at an accounting firm.  

"I've worked hard, I've never been given anything for free, everything that I have paid for, I have paid for with my money or my parents have helped me pay for it."

Rendon says, despite her parents being United State Citizens, her journey to citizenship has been difficult. 

The reality is that no one has answers to what happens next. Immigration attorney, Wilgem Mercado says he's been filling DACA renewals almost daily. 

"At this point, every single client that the DACA expires on or before March 5th, 2018 they can renew their DACA, but the application, you need to send it before October 5th," said Mercado. 

A DACA renewal workshop will be held at Del Mar College, Center for Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples St on Thursday, September 14th from 3pm-8pm. 

You must pre-register to attend the clinic. For more information, contact 844-DACANOW or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/377937909290581/

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