DACA Student Ponders Life In The Trump Era
According to federal data, Illinois has the third most recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, otherwise known as DACA, in the country. One of those applicants is Karla Robles, an undocumented student at Loyola University who is attending school thanks in large part to the DACA program. The 2012 executive order gave undocumented children, brought to the United States as minors, renewable two-year periods of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
But with the election of Donald Trump comes fears that the immigration policy will be repealed, leaving those recipients’ future hanging in the balance. So what’s next for the thousands of undocumented minors who came out of the shadows to register for the DACA program? Morning Shift talks to Robles about how DACA impacted her life and what fears she has as inauguration day creeps closer.