Immigrant brothers grapple with DACA decision

Not only are the brothers worried about their future with DACA, their parents' home in southeast Texas was flooded by Harvey.

AUSTIN - Here in Austin, undocumented students and recent graduates are grappling with the news of DACA's end.

One of them is a law school student at the University of Texas. But before he came to Austin, he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Not only are he and his brother worried about their future with DACA – their parents' home in Dickinson, Texas was flooded by Harvey.

"There's just some flooding,” said Daniel Ramirez, who recently graduated from Middlebury College. “We have a mobile home. So it's pretty easy for trailers to lose their value."

They are also now worried about deportation.

"Without DACA I can mess up and find myself in deportation proceedings,” said Enrique Ramirez, who is studying law at UT.

Daniel anxiously watched the announcement on the news that ended the program.

"Anxiety and alarm usually go along with not having enough information,” said Daniel. “That's how I feel like right now -- I just don't know.”

Enrique said DACA helped him get a job. It’s something he is now worried about without the legal protection.

"I'm just starting to worry about what I'm going to do next summer,” said Enrique Ramirez. “How I'll be able to use my degrees. I graduated from Harvard and I won't be able to have a job or be able to give back."

Yet the two firmly say and believe they are Americans.

"I don't try to be American. I just am,” said Daniel Ramirez.

Enrique said he does not regret his parents' decision to migrate here from San Luis Potosi, Mexico more than 20 years ago.

"I'll just have to work a little bit harder than everyone else around me to get where I want because of the lack of privileges,” said Enrique Ramirez.

The two also said their parents' and entire family are relocating to Austin because of the flood damage in their hometown.

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