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Colorado Dreamer to attend State of the Union

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 11:19:09-05

FORT COLLINS, CO (KCNC/CNN) - One recipient of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals act will be attending the State of the Union address Tuesday.

Anarely Marquez who lives in Fort Collins, CO, will be the guest of Rep. Jared Polis, D-CO, at President Donald Trump’s first-ever address.

Marquez, a college student at Colorado State University, was only 6 years old when she came to the U.S.

Her future in the country is now uncertain as Washington quip over what to do with the legal status of 1.8 million Dreamers who are undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

“It kind of feels like I’ve been kicked into survival mode," Marquez said. “It kind of feels like I don’t know what’s going to happen in three months, but I know I have to fight to make sure it’s a good outcome.”

The White House unveiled an immigration plan last week that provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and in exchange wants $30 billion to strengthen security along the southern border, including $25 billion for a border wall.

Recipients have to meet certain requirements that include work, education and good moral character to become citizens.

Marquez said she hopes for a positive outcome.

“It’s not just numbers, it’s people,” Marquez said. “I hope people see that I’m a person.”

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