Washington is just one signature away from offering financial aid to undocumented college students after state legislature passed the controversial Dream Act.
It's a very emotional time for undocumented college students liked Elena Calderon, who's advocated for the dream act for the last four years. She says the legislature's action is a sign of hope and shows the state wants to invest in education.
"I was being carried by my dad because I was too little to walk, I was only three years old," Calderon said.
Twenty years later she still remembers the day she came to America from Mexico for a better life.
"I remember looking up, seeing the border patrol helicopter, and my mom right away got her rosary beads and started praying," she said.
The family didn't get caught and she grew up in Mattawa, working in the fields to pay for college since she wasn't able to get financial aid.
"That's like the first barrier to the education system, right away you tell yourself I don't belong here, I should go back to Mexico, but it would be going back to a country with a lot of violence," Calderon said.