Future hazy for 100000 Illinoisans brought to US illegally as children – Chicago Tribune

Gabriela Barajas, 32, was overjoyed to learn she could avoid deportation under a policy designed to benefit immigrant children.

But after spending months preparing her application, she’s now questioning whether it’s worth the risk of divulging her immigration status to enter a program that may be eliminated by the Trump administration.

Barajas was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was 8. She is one of 96,000 Illinois residents who may qualify for former President Barack Obama‘s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an administrative program launched in 2012 for people brought into the country illegally as children.

A Logan Square resident, Barajas learned at a neighborhood meeting about immigrant rights that she met most of the criteria for DACA. It applies to people who have been in the U.S. since 2007, were under age 16 at the time of their arrival and were under age 31 as of 2012.


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