After Obama immigration offer, college roommates weigh risks
That got me wondering: What would keep people from applying? I’m hearing about immigrants having trouble gathering documents to prove their eligibility. I’m hearing about struggles to find affordable legal advice and scrape up the $465 application fee. But there’s another factor: fear. Many immigrants are wondering how long the policy will remain in place and whether the application information will be used for immigration enforcement. Some are also wondering whether they can count on the Obama administration, which has deported people in record numbers.
I found a pair of young roommates bound up in these questions. Both women have immigrant parents. Both grew up in Chicago. And both are college sophomores. But just one has papers to be in the United States. That woman, a U.S. citizen, wants to convince her undocumented roommate to take up Obama’s offer and send in the application. Their story revolves around trust, immigration status and who will have a future in the United States.