Marilú Saldaña would visit her mom in Mexico before it's too late.
Karina Ruiz De Diaz would register to vote -- something she's helped thousands of others do, but never had a chance to do herself.
They're among the undocumented immigrants President Joe Biden has pledged to help with a new bill he's pushing Congress to pass
. The measure
, which lawmakers unveiled Thursday
, would provide a path to citizenship
for 11 million people who've been living in limbo for years.
Undocumented immigrants across the country told CNN they're hoping the President will make good on his promise.
They shared fears about their families' safety, dreams for their futures and concerns they have about whether politicians in Washington will actually protect them. Their responses have been edited for length and clarity.
He says getting driver's licenses would be a game changer for his family
Luis Tapia, 19 • Cook • Lives in: Wisconsin • Country of origin: Mexico
"I'm applying for DACA now. It would be great if there were protection for my parents, too, so that they wouldn't be afraid of being in this country anymore -- afraid of going out in the street, or to the supermarket, that they might get stopped without a license. It's the terror we've always lived with. We came here when I was less than 1 year old. It wasn't until the deportations under Obama were starting that they told me we didn't have papers -- that I realized any time the police could stop us and send us back to a country I don't even know.
"My dad is a cook and my mom is a prep cook. Whenever they go to work, that's 30 minutes of fear not knowing if they're going to get stopped. We're terrified during this time that something is going to happen to them. We're always sending each other text messages that we arrived somewhere safely or made it home.
"We'll see what happens in the next three months. We never know if something is going to change for our families, and if the changes will help us or create more terror for us. I hope it helps our family stay together and protected.
"The first thing that we would do is get our driver's licenses so we can drive wherever we want in this country and not have any problems. That's something we've always wanted, to be able to go to another state or another place without being afraid."
He worries his aging parents won't ever be able to rest