By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN
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(CNN) – Even three years after the fact, Fredi Alcazar Dominguez still trembles thinking about his deportation.
[3:35] "They put you on a bus to the border and then at the border they just leave you at your own risk."
Alcazar Dominguez spent five days in Mexico before crossing the border illegally back into the United States. Then and now he has found himself in a kind of limbo.
The 23-year-old was brought to this country illegally by his parents when he was just eight years old. Deported just shy of his high school graduation, he doesn't qualify for the deferred action enacted by President Barack Obama last year.
Still, he's heartened by the announcement this week that a bipartisan group of senators aims to pass immigration reform this year. But he worries that having been deported once, he might not qualify for citizenship under whatever measure eventually becomes law.
[5:15] "Before I go to sleep sometimes I think about this stuff and I start crying."
But despite these low points, Alcazar Dominguez isn't just waiting for Congress to act. He's working on getting his GED, something he hopes might save him from deportation, even in the absence of new legislation.
Listen to the story to hear Alcazar Dominguez's first hand account of his deportation.