Of all the people worried about a Donald Trump presidency, few are freaking out more than the young undocumented immigrants who were granted relief from deportation under President Obama’s 2012 executive order, the Texas Tribune reports. Trump promised during his presidential run to wipe away the order with a stroke of a pen, and with it the dreams of all the so-called “dreamers” who came out of the shadows under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Yesterday, after Trump pulled off a historic upset against pro-DACA candidate Hillary Clinton, the fear that dreamers tried to push out of their minds for the last few months came spewing out.
By next year, they could all be facing deportation — in some cases to countries they mostly know from pictures, if at all. “I wouldn’t even know how to get around Mexico right now. I have no sense of how things work there, how society works there,” said José Manuel Santoyo, 24, who hasn’t been back to his native Mexico since he left as a child in 2001. “Every society runs differently, and I wouldn’t know what to do if I was there.” Obama’s order granted relief from deportation to 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived here as children. The recipients of the relief are named “dreamers” because they were targeted for DACA-like help by the DREAM Act, legislation that was never passed by the U.S. Congress. DACA was restricted to immigrants without any serious criminal record and who had high school degrees, were on track to get them or an equivalent, or were honorably discharged U.S. military veterans.