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Undocumented immigrants living in fear, preparing for the future

Posted at 11:24 PM, Feb 21, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security issued a large number of orders to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Perla Lopez said she came to the United States 19 years ago. She was 8 months pregnant, when she swam across the Rio Grande River. She said for the first time ever she is unsure about her family's future.

She told ABC Action News in Spanish she drives only when necessary. Since she is undocumented, Lopez is worried a traffic stop could end in deportation especially since the White House said anyone accused of a crime no matter the level of punishment could be deported.

"Everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

Five of Lopez's children were born in the United States. Another child is a DREAMER, protected under DACA. Lopez said she doesn't trust the new administration won't get rid of DACA.

She started saving money, preparing just in case she is sent back to Mexico. She said she does not know what is going to happen nor does she want to imagine or worry, but she is getting her paperwork ready in case she is deported.

Lopez said she wants to remain in the United States.

"They were brought here in such a way….it's a very…it's a very, very tough subject. We're going to deal with DACA with heart," President Trump said.

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