Whether or not the president-elect carries out any of his campaign promises to build a border wall or empower a “deportation force,” the rhetoric has been enough to scare thousands to tears – or to fight.
President-elect Donald Trump’s victory plunged the future of undocumented immigrants in New Mexico and around the country into uncertainty. Many are fearful of a ramp-up in deportations even beyond the nearly 2.9 million people deported under the Obama administration through fiscal 2015.
But one group – young people whose temporary status could be easily undone by the new administration – sounded defiant in the election’s wake.
Meet 20-year-old Josue De Luna, a student, and 25-year-old Estefanía Ortiz, a mother and grass-roots organizer. They are two of the 10,531 New Mexicans – 741,000 young people nationwide called the DREAMers – for whom possible deportation has been stayed by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.