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El Paso high school student says DACA announcement derailed plans for college

El Paso Dreamers react to announcement that DACA program will be rescinded.

Tuesday’s White House announcement on DACA has derailed the plans of hundreds of thousands across the U.S., including in El Paso.

High school senior Estefania Garcia had plans to go to college but she says now that’s not going to happen.

“I was about to start applying to college and everything,” Garcia said.

She had hopes of becoming a civil engineer. Now she says that's not an option anymore.

“Now I just need to save money, I need to work with my mom and see how it goes from there,” Garcia said. “I just don't have a plan anymore.”

President Trump is ending the Obama-era program that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

The White House stated it will give Congress the chance to reach a legislative solution putting law-making power back where it belongs, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

"I applaud President Trump for phasing out DACA. As the Texas-led coalition explained in our June letter, the Obama-era program went far beyond the executive branch's legitimate authority," Paxton said.

Cynthia Lopez is an immigration attorney. She said DACA recipients need to get their documents in order before it expires.

“Your Social Security number is good for life. You can't use it to work anymore, but you can use it to get housing, banking, things like that that you need a Social Security number for,” Lopez said.

Garcia said all she can do now is hope for the best.

“We want the DREAM Act to come true, we want to be able to say that we are citizens. We want to be able to go to school, work, help this country," Garcia said.

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