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DACA Recipient Lives on Hope and Prayer Ahead of Trump Decision

The president plans to announce whether or not he will end DACA on Tuesday

Katia is just an average student. She goes to class, takes tests and goes out with friends.

However, unlike most other students, Katia is not a documented resident of the United States. 

Katia, 25, came to San Diego from Mexico when she was three. She has two younger siblings: a 20-year-old brother and a 12-year-old sister, both of whom are documented.

Her parents came to the U.S. illegally to give her and her siblings a better life, she said. 

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), she was given a temporary work permit and driver’s license. The past four years she has been able to work under the program. 

“Everything I do is for them,” she told NBC 7. "If I could, I would rather be undocumented than them."

Katia has been going to school to become a psychologist and wants to focus on family therapy.

All that may change on Tuesday. President Donald J. Trump plans to announce whether or not he will end the Obama-era program, according to reports. The news comes amid pressure from some Republican state officials threatening to sue the administration

San Diego County has around 40,000 residents who are eligible for DACA, according to the group Alliance San Diego. 

Katia plans to submit her paperwork to renew her permit at the end of September.

She said the program had given her family protection, peace of mind and financial stability.

Now that the president may end the program, there isn't much she can do but to take it day by day. So with prayer and faith, she hopes for the best on Tuesday.

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