Iliana Pech Cruz is 23 years old. She’s lived in the United States since the age of four months. Next year, she may be forced to leave.
Ms Cruz is a Dreamer - someone who was brought to the U.S. undocumented as a child.
“Growing up, I always felt like I was from here,” she said, “I mean, I came here when I was four months old - I didn’t know anything but the culture here, the language, the history…”
Ms Cruz studies and works in Ohio, but she grew up in New Hampshire with her family in a small, two-bedroom apartment.
It wasn’t until she turned 16 that she learned the true nature of her immigration status, and it quickly became all-consuming, as she found herself stripped of the same chances her peers enjoyed.
“At that age […] you can get your license, you can start working.
“I couldn't have the same opportunities and the same essential wants or needs or dreams as my peers and as my friends because of my status. And it took a lot to really understand that,” she said.
At the moment, she’s given the ability to work and study freely by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation brought in by former President Barack Obama.
But DACA has been in the Trump administration’s crosshairs since 2017, when an attempt to terminate the programme transformed into an extensive legal battle - one that is currently awaiting a verdict from the Supreme Court.