Supreme Court hears President Trump's plan to end DACAPosted: Updated:
The battle over a federal program for undocumented immigrants will go before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" protects hundreds of thousands of people from being deported.
Many came to the U.S. as small children and now go to school or work in the U.S.
Sarahi Aguilera is 21-years-old. Like many other young adults, she's in college.
"I actually graduate this may hopefully, so I'm excited," she says.
She's in school for Criminal Justice and Psychology, but unlike many of her peer, she also works a full time job, and has plans to go to law school, and she's undocumented.
"I immigrated to the U.S. when I was 7-years-old, so I've been here since I was in third grade," she says.
Aguilera is a DACA recipient or a "dreamer." She's been able to work and put herself through school because of DACA and now her future hangs in the balance.
"My life would take a completely 360 turn. I wouldn't be able to complete my education, I would lose my job, so being able to support myself financially would be the biggest set back," says Aguilera.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether or not to uphold the Trump Administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. It argues that DACA, an Obama-era executive action is not working and is unlawful.
"It's been difficult to see the political climate affect my life very drastically," says Aguilera.
In Kansas, there are about 6,000 DACA recipients. In 2017, when the Trump Administration first announced it would end the program, Congressman Ron Estes said in part, "I support President Trump's reversal of this unconstitutional Obama-era executive order..."
Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, argues rescinding DACA will cost Kansas millions of dollars and unfairly punishes undocumented Kansans who are contributing to the state.
Aguilera says regardless of the outcome, her plan will remain the same...continuing to tell her story and fight for her future.