FSU student could be impacted by decision to end DACA

By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE,Fla. (WCTV) -- Martin Dvorak has lived in the United States since he was 6, but now worries that he could face deportation.

"I am an American just like you, just like everyone else," Dvorak said. "I am going through all of this because of the patch of dirt I happened to be born on and that's not fair."

Dvorak is currently a student at Florida State University. He is working towards a masters degree in electrical engineering.

Dvorak grew up in Panama City. He describes his childhood as "just like anyone else's".

"I was a normal kid. I studied hard, I speak fluent English," Dvorak said. "In high school I played sports and was in ROTC. Normal stuff."

Dvorak was not just a member of his high school's ROTC program, but was chosen to be commanding officer over all cadets during his senior year.

Dvorak's immigration lawyer, Elizabeth Ricci, says he is the type of person that can help move our country forward.

"People like Martin are what this country needs," Ricci said. "I mean, he is studying and plans to get his PhD in electrical engineering. He is going to go on to do great things."

Ricci added that even though the decision to end DACA might not directly impact some people, it will impact the country as a whole.

"Business owners get money through sales tax, for example, when a Dreamer buys something," Ricci said. "It will affect teachers when their classrooms aren't full, or kids when their best friend from next door's house is empty."

The Trump administration made an announcement Tuesday that it will continue to renew permits for individuals over the next six months.

This could give Congress enough time to pass legislation that may extend protections for DACA recipients past the deadline.

Ricci and Dvorak are hopeful that Congress will "do the right thing" and restore DACA in the months ahead.

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