Students show concerns over Trump, immigration

9NEWS @ 4. 11/9/2016

DENVER - In schools like Noel Community Arts at Montbello, students like Lizette Saucedo are upset over Donald Trump winning the election.

"I'm going to summarize the feelings most of us have had and what we're going to do essentially," Lizette said.

Her school is 60 percent Latino like herself. She says fellow students have become extremely worried about how Trump may change immigration and how the government handles students from undocumented parents.

"I've seen many tears being shed because people are truly affected by this because it can split up their families," Lizette said.

Counselors were made available to Noel and other schools around Denver to deal with the angst. Even Metropolitan State University of Denver had counselors talk to students. Metro State is working to be known as a Hispanic-serving institution with a lot of undocumented students.

Trump has already said he will end what's known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. President Barack Obama issued an executive action in 2012 allowing undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their sixteenth birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.

"I imagine he will move very quickly in January to repeal DACA," Cesar Garcia Hernandez said.

Garcia Hernandez is an assistant professor of law at the University of Denver. He believes that Trump will be aggressive and flashy in his enforcement of immigration laws. 

"If that's the case, then I think immigration communities are correct in being fearful for their lives, for their ability to live with their families," Garcia Hernandez said.

When DACA was first offered, Garcia Hernandez says some illegal immigrants showed hesitation about giving their information to the government instead of remaining under the radar. He says they knew things could change quickly under a new President.

"For millions of young people, they decided that that was a risk worth taking," Garcia Hernandez said.

Lizette wants to turn her classmate's fears into something else. She wants to turn it into a movement formed in response to Trump being elected President.

"I'm not worried about my family being split up, but I know many people close to me that will have to struggle with that," Lizette said. "The minority is the majority at Montbello."

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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