Young immigrants fear what Trump presidency would mean for them

Trump's tough talk on immigration has sparked fear for illegal immigrants in Houston. We spoke with a UH student who plans to graduate next May. Now she's worried she might be deported under Trump's plan.

HOUSTON - The fallout after Donald Trump's blistering immigration speech continues. DREAMers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents, now fear what a Trump administration might mean for them.

"I was not born in Houston, but I was raised here," said Ximena Magana. "My first car was here. All these new experiences that I had they were all here in the U.S. So being told that you may no longer be in country where you'd have these experiences brings tear to your eyes."

Ximena is from Mexico City. She was brought to the U.S. by her mother many years ago. Right now, President Obama's executive order protects her from deportation.

Trump has vowed to revoke that executive order on day one of his presidency.

"It seems a little bit unfair that a candidate would be talking about us as items that are disposable," Magana said.

Magana says the speech made her feel like a criminal, when in reality all she's done since being brought to the U.S. is work hard.

"I'm here in this country, fighting for this country, working for this country," said Magana. "This is my home."

Magana is expected to graduate from the University of Houston next May. Her concern now is that a possible President Trump could threaten that.

 

(© 2016 KHOU)


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