(Associated Press) When US President Barack Obama began stopping the deportations last year of some young immigrants living in the country illegally, Adriana Gil Diaz realized that she had just made the biggest mistake of her life by returning to Mexico.

Her mother took Gil to the United States without authorization when she was a baby, and she grew up and went to school in the legal shadows.

Then, at age 20, Gil decided to leave her Phoenix home and return to her native Mexico where she could afford to attend college. But nearly two years later, those dreams have crashed: Unforeseen bureaucratic hurdles have blocked her from enrolling, and she’s run out of money. She’s also missed out on a rare chance to qualify for legal status in the U.S.

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