Story Three: Living in Fear

Living in Fear

By: Josh Sanchez, Juliet Jacob, David Pacholick

DACA is important to almost 700,000 young immigrants who live in our country.

DACA is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It was put in place during the Obama administration. It’s an American immigration policy that allows some individuals that were not born in the United States after being brought to the country as children. It went into action on August 15, 2012. 

Three years ago, 57,000 DACA-eligible people had already earned a four-year bachelor’s degree, That’s 5 percent of a low-income population, most of whom were the first in their families to go to college. Between 2012 and June 2019, 909,700 people have received DACA status at least once. 

Penn Medicine stats the most common mental illnesses in teens are, Generalized anxiety, Social phobias, and Depression. 700,000 young immigrants face deportation every day. “Just imagine being so happy with your life and you don’t know when that’s going to get taken away from you,” Catalina Rodrigez a DACA recipient said. Catalina has been living this life since she first came here when she was one. All she knows is America it’s where she was raised. Catalina is originally from Montevideo Uruguay located in South America. 

Catalina goes to a therapist where she gets help on how to cope with being scared every day of her life. Her little sister was also just diagnosed with anxiety at 12 years old. One little thing can get her or her mom deported that is the fear that they face every day. “So there is an added level of stress and low-grade trauma that affects students and their lives along with the ability to just live their own life,” Jennifer Bullock assistant director of the immigration department at Cabrini said. 

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court had its first hearing over DACA. This will change the lives of young adults all across the country.