Friday, November 11, 2016

Undocumented Immigrants Fear Mass Deportation Under President Trump

Donald Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant rhetoric throughout his campaign has caused anxiety and fear within Latino families in Florida who fear they’ll be torn apart.

Leticia Miranda, BuzzFeed News
November 10, 2016

HOMESTEAD, Florida — Maria Perez has not found the right words to soothe her 12-year-old son’s fear of what will become of their family with Donald Trump as president.

“He thinks, ‘Why does Donald Trump want to get rid of all immigrants?’” she told BuzzFeed News. “‘What does that mean?’”

Perez, a 30-year old undocumented Guatemalan immigrant, believes Trump has fueled a war against immigrants throughout his presidential campaign which has only stoked fear in the community and her children.

“People can kill you,” said Perez, who left Guatemala in 2003 because of the country’s widespread violence and limited jobs. “Why? Because of the example of Donald Trump. That’s how I feel because now they can can look at you and see you are an immigrant and kill you.”

One of Trump’s most effective campaign promises was to crack down on illegal immigration and build up President Obama’s deportation strategy. But through the campaign that plan was drowned out by Trump’s calls to have Mexico pay for a wall along the border and his describing of immigrants as “criminals” and “rapists.”[...]

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