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Deportation cases: Dreamers have concerns following election

For many people around the world, the United States is a symbol of success and a better life. As such, some come into the country -- sometimes without the proper paperwork -- desperate to create a better life for themselves and their children. Even though they fear becoming subjects of deportation cases, they spend years working in Florida and in areas around the country, creating roots and building a life. Unfortunately, some are worried that the number of deportations will increase once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Most concerned are what are known as Dreamers, young immigrants, many of whom came into the country as children. Many of these immigrants have lived here for the majority of their lives, some even putting themselves through college and starting their own businesses. In 2012, many of the fears were somewhat relieved when the Secretary of Homeland Defense, Janet Napolitano, created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program provided two-year work permits in addition to delaying deportation action.

However, those who are part of the program now have increased concerns following the recent election. As part of his campaign, President-elect Trump made several promises to his supporters regarding illegal immigrants. Because the program is based on guidelines by Secretary Napolitano rather than law or presidential action, it can be easily ended once the new administration comes into office. To enter the program, participants had to provide identifying information such as their addresses, their parents' names and school transcripts, making it easy for agents to initiate deportation action against both them and their parents if the program ends.

Many of the program participants who are now concerned about being the subject of deportation cases have worked hard to build a life in their new country. Now they live in fear that everything they have worked for will be taken from them. For those in Florida facing such concerns, there are attorneys with experience with deportation proceedings who can help them protect the lives they have created.

Source: The New York Times, "Immigrants Who Came to U.S. as Children Fear Deportation Under Trump", Julia Preston and Jennifer Medina, Nov. 19, 2016

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