Pitt County resident concerned for future after President's news on future of DACA
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - About 46,000 people in North Carolina have DACA status. That includes Karla Campos.
Campos was born in Mexico but her parents brought her to the United States. The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it's ending the DACA program. Congress must now decide if it will keep the program or come up with an alternative immigration policy. It has six months to reach a conclusion. Meanwhile, people such as Campos, who is married with a 2-year-old, is uncertain what will happen next. "It's scary when you think about it because I was born in Mexico, but I don't know Mexico," Campos said. "I didn't really have a choice, I didn't decide to be brought over here. My mom, you know parents always want what's better for us." Four year ago, Campos completed an extensive six-month application process to earn her DACA status. That allowed her to get a driver's license and go to school. An immigration attorney we spoke with in Greenville said people like Campos who already have DACA status are still protected from being deported. But Campos fears what will happen in June of 2018 when her status expires. "It worries me because if they take DACA away ... they're gonna deport me. I know they are," Campos said. "That would be something else that worries me because I love my son, and I want to be with him, and if something like that were to happen, I won't have him with me." Campos is saving up to become a legal citizen through her marriage. It's an expensive process but she hopes to soon solidify her place in the only home she's ever known.