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With Trump Ending DACA, More Protests Are Expected This Week

 

PHOENIX (AP) — Nationwide protests are expected to continue Tuesday as young immigrants fight to keep Obama-era protections that President Donald Trump’s administration said it will “wind down” and send to Congress for action. 

Many young immigrants and their supporters say they are preparing for the worst.

The day of protests is expected following the official announcement that the Trump administration is doing away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects those brought into the country illegally as children.

The young immigrants are preparing for the unknown, with Trump ending the program but giving a six-month delay so Congress can decide if it wants to address the status of the law.

Some young immigrants worry they will have to work under the table in lower-wage jobs, while others hope to persevere or even start their own businesses. 

Immigration rights activist Celia Yamasaki, of San Antonio, Texas and seen on Aug. 8, urges Republican lawmakers in Florida to firmly oppose President Donald Trump’s proposals to increase funding for immigration enforcement. She was in Doral, Florida. AP Photo by Alan Diaz

Korina Iribe said she and her partner have been discussing what they need to do to protect their 2-year-old son in the event that they are no longer shielded from deportation or cannot work. Both were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

“Our son is U.S.-born, and ultimately for us, we want the best for him. But we also don’t wanna go back to living in the shadows,” said Iribe, from the Phoenix area.

Trump is expected to end Obama-era protections for young immigrants who have permits to work in the U.S., but with a six-month delay. That would give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the law.

Details of the changes were not clear, including what would happen if lawmakers failed to pass a measure by the deadline.

Supporters of the program took to the streets Monday in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, South Carolina and elsewhere, holding up signs that read, “No person has the right to rain on your dreams” and “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.”

Julia Paley, of Arlington, Virginia, with the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, dances with a sign that reads “DACA Don’t Destroy Dreamers Dreams” during a Sept. 4 rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House. AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

Iribe and her partner are planning on giving one of her son’s grandparents power of attorney in case they are deported without notice. She is considering getting her son dual citizenship so he could join them in Mexico if needed.

Iribe said her family also will need to figure out how to pay for a mortgage on a home they bought two months ago.

“For us, it’s more like how will we protect ourselves from deportation, and two, how will we make it work for our family, financially,” Iribe said.

Abril Gallardo, 27, has used the work permit she got through DACA to get a job as a communications director for a Phoenix advocacy group. That’s allowed her to pay for college so far, although cutting off in her ability to work legally threatens that.

If she can’t work anymore, Gallardo plans on helping with her mom’s catering business and hopes to start their own family restaurant one day.

“The most important thing is that we’re safe together, and we’re there for each other,” Gallardo said.

Evelin Salgado, 23, who came from Mexico 13 years ago, is worried about losing her job, her home and her driver’s license if DACA is canceled.

“It’s like my life is crumbling on top of me,” said Salgado, who graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky last year and in is her second year as a high school Spanish teacher just outside Nashville, Tennessee.

“My hopes. My dreams. My aspirations. Everything my parents and I have worked so hard for. We don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said.

Salgado and her parents rent a home and she helps them financially. They may be forced to move to a smaller home or an apartment “because if I lose my job, of course, we can’t pay for it.”

Her father works in landscaping and her mother washes dishes at a restaurant. That’s what got Salgado through college.

“Millions of people live in the United States undocumented. My parents, they work. So unless they put us in deportation procedures, we would have to go back in the shadows,” Salgado said. “By that I mean working on low-paying jobs, driving with no drivers’ license.”

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Associated Press writer John Raby contributed from Charleston, West Virginia. About the top image: Cielo Mendez, 17, of Plainfield, New Jersey, who is a DACA recipient, second from left with banner, marches on Sept. 5 next to Gabriel Henao, 7, and Kimberly Armas, 15, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in Washington, D.C. AP Photo by Jacquelyn Martin


One Response to "With Trump Ending DACA, More Protests Are Expected This Week"

  1. Ingrid Rees  September 6, 2017 at 7:17 am

    As a retired high school teacher of undocumented students, I ABHOR Trump’s decision! He is a man with no heart. These children and young people are innocents who deserve our support and protection. Where can I march?

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