These are sleepless nights and worry-filled days for many undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.
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“Every single day, when I leave my home I pray to God that I’m going to come back home to see my mother,” says Martha Zavala Perez, an immigrant with DACA status living in Oxnard, California. DACA is short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a 2012 Obama administration executive order that offered temporary protection and work permits to immigrants who arrived in the US as children.
Beneficiaries of the program have been on edge since 23-year-old California resident Juan Manuel Montes — who thought he had DACA protection — was deported to his native Mexico in February.
“Now, I can’t help but look over my shoulder. That is the new normal, to constantly be aware,” Zavala Perez says. “I’m constantly checking my wallet to make sure I have my DACA
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