AUSTIN, Texas – Last month the Trump administration announced that “DREAMers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who were protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, could renew deportation protections for another year.

What You Need To Know

  • Diego Corzo was brought to the U.S. when he was 9

  • Works as a real estate investor in Austin, Texas

  • Believes he is successful as a result of DACA

That announcement came after the Supreme Court ruled the way the administration attempted to end the Obama-era program in 2017 was “arbitrary and capricious” and wouldn’t be upheld.

The program directly impacts nearly 700,000 immigrants who live in the U.S., many of whom are watching what will happen next in the DACA saga. That includes 30 year-old Diego Corzo, an Austin resident born in Peru.

Corzo arrived in Florida at age 9 and went on to graduate with honors— today, he works and employs others.

“I have a real estate team as well where I employ other Americans and I’m also a real estate investor so I also own around 15 properties all over the United States,” he said.

Without DACA, Corzo believes his accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible—and he intends on returning his blessings to the country he calls home.

“I feel like this is my home and I can still contribute to this country a lot more than I can contribute in Peru,” he said.

DACA deportation protections previously lasted two years at a time, but now the Trump administration is saying the program protections will be cut to one year at a time while the administration reviews the Supreme Court ruling.

“That definitely stops us, the DREAMers, to fulfill our true potential and fulfill our version of the American dream because I believe that I am an American at heart. I just don’t have the papers to prove it,” said Corzo.

For now, he says he will continue to share his story—just like he did last year at a rally in the nation’s capital.

“I was able to stand outside the Supreme Court and meet with congressmen. My picture is outside Joaquin Castro’s office—I was able to meet him face to face,” said Corzo.

The future may be uncertain, but Diego believes there is a solution.

“It was an awesome opportunity to be able to be able to share my story with the congressman and to let them know that we as DREAMers are hopeful,” he said.