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What Is It Like to Be Son of Illegal Parents?

What Is It Like to Be Son of Illegal Parents?

In your opinion, how many illegal immigrants live in the United States at the moment? It does not matter what number you will say because the real figure is much, much bigger. According to Pew Research Center estimates, there were more than eleven million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2014, which makes up 3.5 percent of the total nation’s population. A vast number of them came from just four countries: Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras. Every fourteenth K-12 student has at least one undocumented parent; eight in ten of them were born in the United States.

When we talk about immigrants, we would like to tell a hopeful story about courage and strength of mind, but in reality, there is also a lot of fear and desperation in the life paths of most of these people. It has been more than three years since U.S. President Barack Obama first unveiled his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA—an immigrant policy that allows certain undocumented foreign residents in the U.S. under the age of 16 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and shield from deportation. And it has dramatically changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers.

In 2014, Obama announced his intention to expand DACA, but his effort was blocked by federal judges. And now, more than a year later, the United States Citizenship and Immigration System is still not accepting requests as originally planned. Moreover, every major Republican presidential candidate promises to cut the program if they take office in the upcoming election. They elbow each other to prove who has the tougher plan for deporting Dreamers out of the United States.

Of course, we hope that you may have previously heard about illegal immigrants from the local news channels or any other source, but none of them would tell you what it really feels like to be a child of “illegal” parents.


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