- Associated Press - Friday, August 1, 2014

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Sixteen years ago, Yolanda Orozco’s family tried a few times to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.

Now, the 22-year-old said memories of those attempts are “like a dream,” with certain scenes that come to mind.

Helicopters circling overhead. Being told to hide. Riding in a car with other immigrants, with the drunken driver veering off the road. Reuniting with family members in the United States.

After her family made it across the border, Orozco spent her childhood in Hazelton. After graduating from Murtaugh High School in 2010, she started college.

But as an undocumented immigrant, the future was uncertain.

Orozco applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, established in 2012 through President Barack Obama’s executive order. It defers prosecution for qualifying undocumented students, allowing them to remain in the United States while pursuing education.

After applying in 2012, getting approval was life changing, Orozco said.

“It shows that everyone has potential and can make a difference in the United States,” she said.

But now, Deferred Action is coming under fire as the Obama administration struggles to deal with a flood of more than 57,000 children traveling alone into the United States since Oct. 1.

Most of the children are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support.

And last week, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called on the Obama administration to “wind down” Deferred Action, which has helped more than 550,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Orozco received her Deferred Action status in November 2012. It expires this November and she’ll have to go through a renewal process.

She has been keeping an eye on what’s happening with immigration topics - particularly movement on Deferred Action.

“I’m very, very scared,” she said.

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