"We have not had interior enforcement," said RepublicanRep. Brian Bilbray of California on "This Week." "You really want to secure the border? Secure the workplace in the U.S. ... The Obama administration is saying...they're doing that now when they bust an employer, [but] they just let loose the illegals on the assumption that the illegals will deport themselves."
But Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who has advocated for a path to legal residency for many illegal immigrants, said Daisy's situation -- a young U.S. citizen with illegal immigrant parents -- illustrates a compelling issue that "won't disappear."
"There are 4 million like her [Daisy]. There are 12 million others [undocumented]. There are families. They have deep roots in our country," Gutierrez said.
While the administration's stated enforcement priorities don't offer much solace to Daisy's parents, Torres said, they are hopeful Congress will pass legislation that would help them stop living in fear.
"She knows one day comprehensive immigration reform is coming," said Torres, adding the couple is learning English and has been paying taxes to prepare for a possible path to legal residency.
Several current proposals would have illegal immigrants earn conditional legal residency by paying a fine, back taxes, and passing background checks, among other things. The proposals have not yet received serious consideration in Congress, however.
In the meantime, the uncertainty is keeping Daisy's parents quietly holed up in their suburban Washington, D.C. community. But family friends say the situation isn't silencing the little Daisy.
"She wants to speak to anybody and everybody," said Torres, "Mrs. Obama, President Obama, anybody who will listen to her about helping her family."