South Texas immigrants await fate of Trump presidency

Worry and protests from undocumented immigrants

SAN ANTONIO -- Hours after Donald Trump was announced as president-elect, protests spread across the country, as some Americans are reject him as their leader.

Trump won the election through the Electoral College, but Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. The protests spilled out into the streets of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Austin, and McAllen, Texas.  “Not my president” signs were carried by demonstrators at McAllen’s city hall.

“[Trump] made as a central talking point in his campaign to target border communities and to target minorities,” protestor Dani Marrero Hi said.

The protestors stressed that they know they can't stop Trump from taking office, but they want to organize to stop him from what they see as inhumane immigration policies that would directly affect border towns in South Texas.

In an immigration speech in Phoenix, Trump reiterated his intent to build a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico. He also promised to create a new special deportation task force focused on identifying and removing “criminal illegal immigrants.”

Trump also said that DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who came here as kids, had to go as well. Under President Barack Obama's administration, thousands of them, including Mario Reyes Perez in San Antonio, have self-identified to the government.

“I’m sure everyone right now is scared,” Reyes Perez said. “I don't know. I’m just trying to stay positive.”

DREAMers who don't have a criminal record and are in college or in the military are granted a work visa. Reyes Perez is currently working towards a degree in sports medicine. He doesn’t fear deportation through Obama's executive order, but it's not law, meaning Donald Trump could do away with it on day one of his presidency.

Reyes Perez has this message for Trump:

“We're not all bad people. We're all just here trying to make a living, better ourselves, give everybody and our family a better future.”

He just renewed his work visa. It's good for two years, but it was created by President Obama under an executive order.

(© 2016 KENS)


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