Immigrants fearful following election

Immigrants fearful after election

AUSTIN - President-elect Donald Trump's early campaign promise to deport approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants has softened somewhat, but immigrants in the U.S. say they're fearful.

Marilu Fractuoso has been living undocumented in Austin for 10 years. The mother of three told KVUE she is seeking residency status in the U.S., and that she is worried about her future status.

Veteran Austin immigration attorney William Jang said the immigrant community has no idea what to expect.

"I don't know what President Trump will do," Jang said. "Hopefully, I pray, that President Trump won't do the things that candidate Trump promised to do."

Jang pointed out that Trump's quote "total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. would also cause immigration issues.

"If President Trump follows through with his promise to ban Muslims," said Jang. "Then their Visas will either be held or denied."

UT Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Clinical Professor of Policy Practice Ruth Wasem said many of Trump's proposed policies are highly unlikely, but there is one he could accomplish.

Wasem said Trump could "reverse President Obama’s 2012 executive actions providing temporary relief from removal for youth brought to the United States by their parents without immigration authorization."

Whatever the future, holds Fractuoso said she holds on to hope.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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