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One, Roy Naim, chose a different path and is currently serving a year prison sentence for possessing child pornography. Now, their future is in doubt. There are reports that President Trump may end the program, despite repeated statements during the campaign that his immigration crackdown would not extend to Dreamers.
TIME got back in touch with 15 of the 30 people who appeared on the cover to see how their lives have changed since DACA and what they are at risk of losing if the program ends. Here are the stories they shared.
What was it like for you when DACA was signed? It was a very celebratory moment, but at the same time, there were people like my parents who did not qualify. It was just heartbreaking. That to me is the heartbreaking part.
How did the conversation with your parents go when you told them you were hesitant about applying? You need to go ahead and apply. What kind of work have you been doing since DACA?
It sparked something in me. Andiola was working on immigration rights issues that she had fought for for so long—and now she was drafting them into policy, even as she fended off deportation orders for members of her family. How have things changed for you since the election?
They have been different. I speak a lot about the deportation machine that Obama created, but I feel like we had a little bit of a better chance of stopping deportations because there was sort of a moral argument to be made.
He was a president who ran on a platform of stopping separation of families and for immigration reform. How did you get involved in political work? When I came home from the interview [for a job as a congressional staffer], it was the same day that my mom was raided.
I was kind of ready to step a little bit away from the Dreamer movement and the organizing world and focus in the Congressional office, but my house got raided, so I basically was organizing at the same time that I was working for a member of Congress on the topic of deportation.
What has it been like fighting to keep your mom in the country? I am an organizer, so to now take in all the different things that Trump is doing and politically try to push back, and at the same time understanding that I have to make some time in October, for example, when she goes back to court, and November when she goes back to ICE, I have to just drop everything and go back home to support her emotionally but also figure out legal strategies to keep her here.
What changed in your day-to-day life after you were approved for DACA? It was very surreal. What is it like talking about being undocumented at work? It brings up this cool dynamic where I get to educate [my coworkers] on how I was undocumented.
I had this one coworker and he seemed very inquisitive—I was telling my story and how I came to the U. He was just shocked by the reality. Are you nervous about renewing your DACA status? How have things changed since the election? I think one of the biggest things that has changed even since the election has been just the fear in our community.
The sad part for me is I left Arizona trying to leave that anti-immigrant rhetoric, and we came to Colorado thinking that it would be better.
Have people in your community had to change their behavior? I had to transform all my materials to child-friendly language and have them draw pictures and things.
At eight years old, they have to be thinking about emergency plans and who they can open the door for. It was also frustrating to see that they were having to think about going to counseling.Jul 11, · Race should have nothing to do with achieving the American Dream, but reality says that the culture of the various races that make up America does have an influence on that achievement.
So long as the political leaders of African-Americans continue to look to the Federal government as the means to achieve the dream, African-Americans will be at a disadvantage in potetially achieving it. Upstate New York Cities Welcome Refugees and Immigrants – Some Media Stories.
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This article has been generously contributed by Michael Snyder. You can follow his regular writings, research and analysis at The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream. Read his recent book The Beginning of the End to get an idea of what America may look like in the very near future.
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