(CNN)Eliana Fernández has blisters on her feet and her legs ache. She walked for more than two weeks and trekked 230 miles to get here.
They sued Trump. Then they walked 230 miles for their day in court
Her destination: the US Supreme Court, where justices heard arguments Tuesday that could decide her fate and shape the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.
Fernández, 31, is one of the plaintiffs suing the government over the Trump administration's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The Obama-era program provides deportation protection and work permits to around 700,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
The Trump administration has argued the executive action that created the program was an overreach of authority.
So far, a series of lower court orders have blocked the administration's efforts to terminate DACA, giving those who benefit a reprieve but also leaving their lives in a fragile limbo.
Now, after years of uncertainty and political stalemates, this could be the make-or-break moment for many so-called Dreamers and the program that protects them. If justices uphold the administration's decision to end the program, those who were shielded by DACA for years could lose their work permits and become vulnerable to deportation.
"I hope they rule on the right side of history," Fernández told reporters after arguments concluded Tuesday.
There are far easier ways to get from New York to Washington. But Fernández says she walked -- and spoke out as much as she could along the way -- to make sure Supreme Court justices and members of the public know how much this matters.
She didn't march alone. About two dozen others walked beside her throughout the demonstration that began in New York City on October 26, and the group's ranks grew as they neared the nation's capital.
Their message as they marched -- shouted through megaphones, chanted at rallies and written on signs and T-shirts: "Home is here."
"Our lives are at stake," says Fernández, a lead organizer for the Make the Road New York advocacy group who was brought to the United States from Ecuador when she was a teenager. "I hope they can see that. I hope they can see our humanity, and that we matter, and we exist, and we have contributed to this country in so many ways.
"If they don't make the right decision, it could be devastating for thousands and thousands of families."
Organizers say the group covered 15-20 miles a day, often walking along rural highways. Marchers have passed through small towns and big cities along their route, documenting many steps of their journey on social media.
Along the way, Fernández conducted video interviews with fellow participants, asking how they're feeling, why they're marching and what they've learned. She says she learned her own lessons, too -- about sticking together and taking action.