East County News Service
December 12, 2016 (San Diego) – Some immigration lawyers are warning “dreamers,” children brought to the U.S. by undocumented immigrant parents, not to travel overseas on or after January 20th.
That’s the date that Donald Trump is slated to be inaugurated as President. Trump said during the campaign that he would rescind executive orders by President Obama that provided protection from deportation to young immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which also gave them rights to work and travel for humanitarian, educational or employment purposes. He called for the deportation of all undocumented immigrants.
Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, is among those advising dreamers to avoid travel abroad. "We wouldn't want to expose them to an uncertain situation should they not be allowed back to the U.S.," she says, Associated Press reports.
Since the election, Trump has softened his tone somewhat, pledging to focus deportations first on criminals. In a recent Time magazine interview, he said of the dreamers, "We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud, "They got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they're in never-never land because they don't know what's going to happen."
What Trump will actually do once in office remains to be seen, leaving young immigrants in limbo, their futures clouded by uncertainties.