Melissa Valencia, 16, is a junior at Rancho High School. She is an athlete and a hard worker with big dreams. She is also undocumented.
"We want to make out parents proud and we don't want to be an outcast. To accomplish so much and then you reach that barrier. It's that big hill that I have to go through which is something I don't have control over," Melissa Valencia said.
Change is coming for Valencia and millions of undocumented people as the president's new immigration policy goes into effect.
"It's going to enrich our country because of the knowledge and all the income they will bring once they graduate," said civil leader activist Dolores Huerta.
With a new policy on the rise, a major concern will be fraud.
"This is a brand new thing. I have never indicated them before, immigration has never processed them before. There is a lot of uncertainty in some of the defining terms like one called 'significant misdemeanor.' We don't know what that means because they haven't really clarified that," said Peter Ashman, a spokesperson for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
To help minimize any fraud, a community meeting was held to help those seeking to file get the right advice.
"If you get bad advice you will not get any appeal for these kinds of applications. You get one shot," Ashman said.
Documents Valencia came prepared with when she arrived at Hermandad Mexicana, a local non-profit organization.
"This is a very important thing that is promising. I'm here to start the first step to make my life easier so I can go to college," Valencia said.
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