The United States was an inspirational place for Karla Estrada Sanchez’s parents, but she is starting to wonder whether the American dream could be turning into a nightmare for herself and other young immigrants.
“My parents have always told (us) opportunities are anywhere. They brought us to this country because it was supposedly the land of opportunity,” said Estrada, 26, of Los Angeles. “But if we find opportunity in another place, our country is wherever our feet take us,” she said.
Estrada, a participant in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides deportation relief and work permits to immigrants who were brought here as children, is one of many young immigrants who are contemplating leaving the country. They are worried about their future here as President Donald Trump’s administration ramps up deportation efforts and has recently proposed limiting legal immigration.
Immigration arrests increased by nearly 40 percent in early 2017 as agents — emboldened by Trump’s pledge to build a border wall and deport criminals — detained more than 40,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Under current White House policy, any immigrant living illegally in the U.S. who has been charged or convicted of any crime, or even suspected of committing a crime, is now an enforcement priority.
And, the Obama-era DACA program that has granted thousands of young immigrants the opportunity to go to college, buy homes and pursue promising careers, is at risk of being repealed. Trump has given mixed signals on whether or not he plans to end…
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