PHOENIX - A ban Governor Jan Brewer put in place to keep so-called "DREAMers" from getting driver's licenses is also hurting crime victims.
It all centers around the ban preventing people with deferred action status from getting licenses, which includes victims of violent crimes.
Mariel Garcia has been through more in her 25 years than most of us can imagine.
"I was about eight years old when I came to the U.S.," she said.
She came here illegally with her mom and a few years later Mariel's little sister was born. But last year, things got really tough.
"When I was applying for my green card my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and about four months later she passed away and I was left to take care of my sister," she said.
Now Mariel is her sister's guardian.
"I take her to the doctor, feed her, take her to school," she said.
She works two full time jobs to put food on the table.
"I can't provide for my sister if I can't drive to work," Mariel said.
And she can't drive to work without a license. But Mariel's story gets even more heartbreaking.
"I was a victim of a violent crime," she said.
That's why Mariel was given deferred action status. Three weeks ago, she got her green card.
"If I didn't get it three weeks ago I would have been thinking, what am I going to do? My sister, I have guardianship, so every year I have to reapply. I wouldn't have been able to reapply. What happens to my sister, where does she go," Mariel said.
"It feels like it's the most vulnerable population of immigrants that are facing the issue," said immigration attorney Elizabeth Chatham.
Chatham said the new rules hurt the wrong people.
"These are the folks that are trying to get back on their feet. They're trying to find ways they can live independently and this is really preventing that process for them to be able to move on with their lives," she said.
The change impacts hundreds, if not thousands, of people in Arizona.
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