(KGW) Hundreds of thousands who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are waiting and worrying about what President-elect Donald Trump will do.
President Obama enacted the DACA program by executive order in 2012. It’s meant to help kids who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. Across the country 700,000 people are part of DACA.
Fatima Preciado is one of 11,000 who signed up for it in Oregon. She’s an 18-year-old freshman at Portland State University who studies social work and political science.
“When I was about three years old my family and I crossed the border illegally through Arizona,” she said.
By signing up for DACA, Fatima got a guarantee that immigration agents would not bother her for at least two years and she was able to get a work permit and a driver’s license, which helped her support the family and now go to college.
“I’m the first in my family to be attending a four-year university. That’s something I’m really proud of,” Fatima said.
Things were going well for her until Donald Trump won the election. Now she worries he’ll end the DACA program.
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