'We've been here our whole lives. We don't know anything else': Will Trump dump DACA?
EUGENE, Ore. - Juan Aguiar-Bravo arrived in the United States from Mexico with his parents when he was 2 years old.
More than 20 years later, he has a work permit and holds down a good construction job.
"We've been here our whole lives," Aguiar-Bravo. "We don't know anything else."
The work permit was issued through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In the fall campaign, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, vowed to repeal DACA and boost deportations.
Immigration lawyer Raquel Hecht said she's seen no clear signals from the Trump camp regarding DACA since Election Day.
"We are hoping that he'll continue that program until some other reform is put into place," she said.
"If it were not for that, my work permit would be terminated," Aguiar-Bravo said.
Aguiar-Barvo just got married this year. He has been working with Hecht to achieve full legal residency status.
Now he hopes the incoming administration will not toss out DACA entirely.
"We've finally been given an opportunity to succeed like our peers, you know," he said. "People we've grown up with but we feel inferior to still."
Hecht believes President-elect Trump is leaning toward harsher enforcement for people who re-enter the U.S. after being deported for criminal activity.
That is possible under laws already in place - and without ending DACA.
"Hopefully the Trump administration is intelligent enough to realize that it hasn't worked to just deport people, that there are people that have been here for many, many years," she said.
But if the DACA program goes by the wayside in early 2017, Aguiar-Bravo said it would be a mistake.
"After we put our trust in the government to help us," he said, "to take that away would be disheartening."