DREAMers on edge over Trump on fifth anniversary of protected status – Pennsylvania News

DREAMers on edge over Trump on fifth anniversary of protected status – Pennsylvania News

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More than 780,000 DREAMers have been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created under President Obama. Many worry about their future under President Trump.
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Five years ago Thursday, President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect hundreds of thousands of “DREAMers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation.

President Trump has allowed DACA to continue — at least for now. That has enraged critics of the program, who oppose any leniency for undocumented immigrants, and struck fear in enrollees and applicants, who worry Trump will shut it down at any time.

“It’s a feeling of knowing there’s something in your hands that’s working, but at the same time, there’s a level of anxiety,” said Greisa Martinez, 28, a Mexican native and DACA enrollee who works for United We Dream, a coalition of young undocumented immigrants in Washington, D.C. “We are on high alert about what’s going to happen with our program.”

The program requires applicants to show they have haven’t committed any serious crimes, attended school or joined the military, and arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16. If approved, they receive a two-year reprieve from deportation, a…

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