'Dreamers' paying attention to government shutdown

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- A point of contention between lawmakers is the DACA. Dreamers could soon face deportation if congress doesn't reach a deal.

22-year-old Maria Rodriguez came to the United States when she was four years old and now attends FSU and works full time. She says the thought of having to go back to a country she doesn't know is frightening.

"Earlier today I actually broke down at work and had to take my lunch break to go cry in the kitchen," said Rodriguez.

After a terrorist organization moved into her hometown in Columbia, Maria's family left in fear for their safety. For Rodriguez, watching the battle over Dreamers on the political stage has been emotional.

"You kind of feel like a bargaining chip and a prop at the same time for both sides," she said.

Officials with the Republican Party of Florida say they have time to find a resolution that works for everyone.

"I think they should be thorough and sit around a table, they have until March 5, I don't think they need to rush into anything," said Taryn Fenske, the party's spokesperson.

"It's difficult right now to take my masters classes and hope to graduate in May, but to know that everything will be very difficult," said Rodriguez.

Maria also has dreams of moving on to American University for law school in the fall of 2019. However, her DACA expires in June of that same year.

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