But now that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy will be repealed, Rodriguez will have to put her dreams of helping others on hold. Caribbean American politicians have also criticized the administration's actions.
The Trump administration's proposed winding down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has drawn a lawsuit from the University of California.
"Basically, it means that individuals who now have DACA can keep (it) until it naturally expires", Alvarez said.
Some of those who criticized the effort to rescind DACA are faith leaders close to the president.
As head of one of the country's largest community college systems for the past 23 years, Padron says the plight of undocumented college students is nothing new.
Former President Barack Obama wrote in a statement to his Facebook on Tuesday that "u$3 ltimately, this is about basic decency". Current DACA participants with a permit expiring before March 5, 2018, are eligible to renew their two-year permit before October 5th, 2017.
The Franklin & Marshall community has reacted to the end of the DACA program as well. But it is estimated that about a thousand Guyanese and several thousand other Caribbean persons filed for DACA, according to the US Customs and Immigration Services.
The president, they said, does not have the constitutional authority to give them work permits and immunize them from deportation. This is the chance for our government to lawfully establish a program that will help, not abandon these people.
From the military to the economy, DACA recipients contribute much to the United States. So the President acted on that day. Also, reports point to support from a coalition of 1,850 USA politicians, law enforcement officers, and faith leaders, including at least five state attorneys general, eight governors, 130 mayors, and 230 state legislators.
Cartwright signed a letter with the Association of American Universities supporting the renewal of DACA. The Rancho Cucamonga resident said he works as a receptionist at a hair salon which he could not do without DACA.
DSU President Harry Williams said the school is working with the state's Congressional delegation to advocate for the DACA program. This has not been done.
Having a sword dangled over your head by someone who promises not to drop it right away isn't reassuring.
Capito, the junior Republican senator from West Virginia, said on MetroNews "Talkline" last week the issue of border protection has been debated enough by lawmakers and it is time for action. They also say immigrants in Texas and Florida, which have large undocumented populations, could miss the deadline because of the extreme disruption caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We need to do that and make the Dreamers part of it. By no choice of their own, these undocumented immigrants, under the age of 30, were raised in the USA after they arrived as children.