UCO ‘Dreamer’ speaks out about President Trump’s DACA decision

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EDMOND, Okla. - A University of Central Oklahoma 'Dreamer' is speaking out about his experience with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following President Trump's decision to end it.

Victor Vargas, a senior at UCO, came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally when he was 3 years old.

"It was me and my sister, and we were dropped off with another family. They were parents, and they also had a daughter and a son," Vargas told News 4.

Vargas said, even though he was just a few years old, he'll never forget that day.

"At the border, I remember the parents driving us and saying, 'Hey, pretend you're asleep.' I remember peaking and seeing the border patrol saying, 'Hey, how many kids do you have?'" Vargas said.

Vargas and his sister used their children's identification and made it across, later joining their parents in Texas and moving to Oklahoma City a few years later.

"I remember, in 8th grade, they had the state testing, and they said, if you pass the state testing, the English portion, you'll be able to get your driver's license," he said. "So, as a 16-year-old kid, you're like, 'Oh, yes!'"

Vargas said his mom later explained he wouldn't be able to get a license like the other kids and wasn't documented, which changed when he was a junior in high school.

"I remember Obama taking executive action with this thing called DACA and I was like, 'Woah, I'm one of those kids,'" Vargas said.

The DACA program protects people, like Vargas, from deportation for a period of time because they migrated to the U.S. as children.

They are then subject to a renewal after those few years.

With Trump's decision to end the program, Vargas said he's worried because the path to citizenship can take years.

"My biggest fear is having to go back to Mexico, and apply, and wait there for 10 plus years and never get a response back," Vargas said.

However, Vargas said he is trusting God.

"I know God has something in store for us. I know he's up there fighting for us," Vargas said.

Vargas said he hopes to build a career in the U.S. and continue to provide for his family.

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