Defiance and Anxiety Among Undocumented Youth in Trump’s America—The New Yorker

California is home to a quarter of the nation’s undocumented immigrants, including some five hundred thousand of the approximately eight hundred thousand youths and young adults who came to the United States as children and were granted temporary work permits and a stay of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enacted by President Obama in 2012. (DACA represents a narrow version of the dream Act, which failed to pass Congress.) These provisionally protected immigrants—the “DACA-mented”—can’t vote, but the outcome of this year’s Presidential election is likely to have severe consequences for their prospects in America. Donald Trump has promised his supporters that he’ll reverse daca by executive order as soon as he takes office, dividing families and draining the economy of motivated and invested new and soon-to-be professionals.