Hutch woman concerned DACA could end

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Esmeralda Tovar-Contreras calls Hutchinson, Kansas home, but she got there illegally. 

Tovar-Contreras was brought to the United States when she was 2-years-old and has since qualified for DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In recent months and much debate, the DACA program might be going away. 

"That would mean that I would be deported," Tovar-Contreras said. "My biggest worry is my daughter."

She is engaged and has her own young child now. Her fiance is being deployed in the military soon. Many people wonder why the pair does not get married; it is their understanding is that since her fiance is under 21-years-old, he cannot sponsor her for residency even if they get married. 

Immigration attorney Greg Beurke says that many people assume DACA recipients do not go after citizenship because they do not want to, but he says the reality is, the citizenship process is hard.

"In fact, if all we know about someone is that they have DACA, we would assume that they do not have any path towards residence," Beurke said.

Tovar-Contreras has since gained national attention, featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently. 

"Now she is a role model, a hero to these people that are afraid to speak...she is really brave for doing this," said her fiance Michael Mora. 

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