By Jessica Howell/California One
Carla Jacobo’s life is in limbo.
The 19-year-old works, goes to school full time at San Jose State University, and is in the school marching band. But she wonders if all that will change in 2018.
Jacobo is one of hundreds of thousands of young Californians enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which was established in 2012 by President Obama.
The program allowed young people who were brought into the United States as children without documentation to stay legally and obtain work permits. Enrollment was limited to those who had arrived in the United States before their 16th birthdays and had lived in the United States continuously since June 2007.
Participants had to have graduated from high school, or have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate. Also, individuals registered in DACA must not have been convicted of a felony or be considered a threat to national security or public safety.
The Trump administration decided in September to end the program, saying it wanted to force Congress to find a different solution, and gave it six months to act. This decision left nearly 800,000 people unsure about their future in the United States. Jacobo, who has been registered with DACA since 2013, is one of them. Click on the video to hear her story.