DACA decision hits home

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - While lawmakers continue to try and set a deal on DACA, more than 800,000 Dreamers are living in fear that they might be sent back to countries they barely know.

One of those Dreamers is Amner Carmona, who attends UCCS and lives in Colorado Springs.

"My family had left Mexico for many reasons and one reason was to provide a better future for me," said Carmona.

Carmona says not knowing what the DACA decision will be is difficult, because he has worked so hard to get where he is at now.

"I've worked as a full-time college student, worked full-time as well, and for all that to be taken away from me is a little bit difficult," said Carmona.

Carmona says it's even more difficult knowing he's sacrificed so much in the past, like not being able to see his family, because they were sent back to Mexico.

"Because of the status I have of being a DACA student, I am unable to leave and re-enter the United States, preventing me from seeing them," said Carmona.

While the DACA decision is still unknown, Carmona's focus is to keep positive and make a difference in the community.

"That's something that I value -- my dedication and commitment -- to not necessarily my community, but to being here and being the best I can be," said Carmona.

Carmona says he'll graduate this May with a bachelor's degree in Leadership Communication. After that, he hopes to continue his education and get a master's degree.

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