Public News Service: Obama Reelection Could Lead to Spike in Deportation Deferrals

Published September 28, 2012
Peter Malof, Public News Service – TX
El Paso, TX

The Obama administration’s new Deferred Action program gives young undocumented immigrants temporary permission to live and work in the United States, although fewer than 100,000 of the 1.5 million who qualify have applied for relief. One reason for the program’s slower-than-expected start is that many so-called DREAMers are wary of exposing their status to a new administration.

Jacob Hernandez, a 21-year-old Mexican architecture student, has lived in El Paso since he was five. He says he and his friends worry about what a President Romney would do with applicants’ information.

“If he’s elected president, he could just say, ‘Okay, you know what? I want everybody out.’ That’s why the people are scared. It’s not safe, because the first people who they’re going to take out are the ones that they have the documentation on.”

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