Valley dreamers still holding out hope Trump, Congress will save DACA program

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Some ASU students are concerns about the possibility of DACA ending. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Some ASU students are concerns about the possibility of DACA ending. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Vasthy La MaDrid is a political science major and is worried about her future with DACA probably ending. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Vasthy La MaDrid is a political science major and is worried about her future with DACA probably ending. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
ASU senior Edder Diaz Martinez is hoping that if Trump gets rid of DACA, then Congress will step up and pass a law to keep the program in place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) ASU senior Edder Diaz Martinez is hoping that if Trump gets rid of DACA, then Congress will step up and pass a law to keep the program in place. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

All Vasthy La MaDrid, 21, wants is to graduate from Arizona State University and start her career as a teacher, but President Trump could put a wrench in those plans if he goes ahead and ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.

[RELATED: Trump expected to end program for young immigrants]

"This is definitely a scary time for me," said La MaDrid. "Without DACA, there is this fear - will I be deported? Will I be targeted? It's hard to wake up every day with this feeling of uncertainty of what your future will look like."

The ASU political science major is just like 800,000 other undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. as children.

[READ MORE: US immigration: DACA and Dreamers explained]

They are now in danger of losing their legal status if DACA goes away.

The program has given so-called "Dreamers" a chance to come out of the shadows - go to college - get a job - without the fear of deportation.

[READ MORE: DACA on the brink]

ASU senior Edder Diaz Martinez is hoping that if Trump gets rid of DACA, then Congress will step up and pass a law to keep the program in place.

"All we want is to continue to contribute to the economy and to our communities the same way we have been doing," said Martinez.

[RELATED: Immigration advocates launch week-long rally for DACA support]

"I think a lot of people in Congress people do have compassion," said La Madrid. "I sort of need them to really take action. We don't have time to wait. Without DACA, our lives would be uprooted. For a lot of people, they would feel their lives were being destroyed."

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

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