When University of Texas student Martha was three months old, she and her family left Mexico, eventually resettling in a Dallas suburb.
She worked hard in school and was among the top 10 students in her high school graduating class. Like over 124,000 other Texans, she also received her DACA designation during the Obama administration.
Though Martha is currently on track to complete her degree in two years, with a Supreme Court decision on the fate of DACA looming, she cannot help but feel apprehensive.
“It does scare me,” she said in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. “It’s scary that I won’t be able to use my degree for whatever I’m going to work for.”
While she is holding onto the hope that a U.S.-based company will sponsor her work visa after graduation, she accepts the reality that she might have to try to find a job in Mexico instead.
Until that time, Martha is working to help fellow Dreamers. She is creating an undocumented student network to help students in Texas understand the ins and outs of college.
“I believe undocumented students have been able to surpass a lot of challenges; that makes them good workers,” she said. “Helping people like that would help them in the future to advance in other ways.”