SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–President Donald Trump’s announcement to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is drawing nationwide concern including from people in Springfield.
Two of the dreamers KOLR 10 talked to essentially say that they feel they are paying the price for the sins of their father, but are willing to accept whatever their fate holds even if it includes deportation.
“If I move to Mexico, it’s like kind of having a lion being born and raised, not being born but being raised in a cage and you let them out and it’s like they don’t know how to do anything there,” says Perla Flores.
The world as she’s always known it could possibly change for 18 year-old dreamer, Perla Flores.
“I don’t know anything. I’ve only known the life here in America,” says Flores.
She moved to the United States as an infant. Starting over in Mexico isn’t something that she or her family is ready for.
“I have my whole career in front of me like I want to be a nurse in like the NICU and work with babies. My parents actually have their own business,” says Flores.”
“I’m scared for my life thinking that any time, any second an ICE agent can come to my house and try to deport me back to my country,” says dreamer, Gerson Adame.
Adame is another one of the 800,000 dreamers in America fearful of being forced back to their birth countries.
“The worst thing would be I would have to leave my family here,” says Adame.
Something Gerson says is an underserved punishment.
“I didn’t commit a crime by coming here, that was a choice my parents did for the better of my life,” says Adame.
Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo Latinoamericano explains why dreamers don’t just apply for citizenship.
“Right now it’s not possible. The way it is, the laws and process, it’s not possible for them,” says Lorge.
“It takes years to do that and there’s really not a step you know like really a way to become a citizen,” says Adame.
So for now, Gerson and Perla say they will place their uncertain futures into God’s hands.
“It will be His will if that were to happen,” says Adame.
“Whatever happens is cause God wants it to happen,” says Flores.
Work permits acquired through DACA are valid until its expiration date.
No new applications will be accepted, however renewals for work permits ending by March 5th can be submitted before October 5th.