In 2012, former President Barack Obama granted young, undocumented immigrants relief from deportation. However, as of November 9th, 2016, the circumstances have drastically changed for this population. President Trump, in numerous speeches made during his campaign, threatened to do away with Obama’s executive order as well as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.) According to Trump, by next year, undocumented immigrants could seriously face deportation and for most, this means returning to a country they barely know, abandoning the life they built here in America.
For some undocumented immigrants, the biggest fear in all of this immigration turmoil, is the sense of uncertainty surrounding the time that will follow Trump’s inauguration. Many don’t believe that he will follow through on his claims, however, there are many who do believe it, and there is general sense of anxiety in the air. For others, it’s the thought of giving up on educational and career dreams, or leaving family members behind. Most immigrants were safe with DACA, with studies showing that after the programs came into effect, 90% of immigrants were able to get a state-issued ID, and another 90% were afforded more educational opportunities.