Despite protections, immigrant students fear deportation under Trump administration
Immigrant students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley fear deportation despite protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
According to a memo released by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, people who were brought into the country as young children won’t be a target for deportation, unless they commit a crime.
But that doesn't include their loved ones who do not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Osiris Badillo, a student who qualified for the Obama-era program, said she is happy her legal status in the U.S. is protected for now, but still fears her mother could be deported. Badillo, a communication major, is worried about her brother who has a criminal record.
"I'm just scared that we're going to be separated,” Badillo said.
Badillo plans to finish her education in the U.S., unless her mother is deported. The 19-year-old would then consider returning to Mexico.
"I don't know anything. I don't know the streets over there. I don't know the people, anything like that," Badillo said. "It's going to be really hard for me to accustom myself to that.”