DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After living in the shadows for years the teen found some relief in 2012, when President Barack Obama issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a measure that granted protections and work privileges to about 750,000 so-called DREAMers like himself who were brought to the US as children.
President Donald Trump, whose hardline position on immigration has left undocumented immigrants throughout the US fearful that they could be deported, said last month that DREAMers without criminal histories would be allowed to remain in the US.
But now a recent shift in tone by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has Rosenfeld and others like him fearful that their days in the US may be numbered.
Last week ICE published a series of messages on Twitter stating that DACA status was no guarantee against deportation…
‘DACA is not a protected legal status, but active DACA recipients are typically a lower level of enforcement priority,’ one said.
‘Deferred action may be revoked anytime especially when someone commits a crime or poses a national security (or) public safety threat,’ read another.”
-Rosa Flores, “ICE Twitter messages fuel deportation fears for student, 19,” CNN.com, March 13, 2017