Vanessa Gutierrez grew up in West Michigan thinking she had the same opportunities as all her friends.
“When I found out that I was undocumented at that time I was in high school so I was getting ready to apply for college and getting ready to apply for my first license just like any other high school student.”
Suddenly, all those doors closed for Gutierrez. But because parents brought her from Mexico when she was three years old, she qualified for a program that covers nearly one million undocumented people. It’s called deferred action for childhood arrivals or DACA.