(KRON)—A mother fears that her family will be separated once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office.
More than 700,000 people are protected under an executive order signed by President Obama that allows young undocumented immigrants to work and study in the country.
President-elect Donald Trump can revoke the executive action signed by President Obama.
As KRON4’s Lydia Pantazes shows us, a Bay Area family is now living in fear.
Part of the country celebrated Trump’s election victory, but one Bay Area family says they now live in fear.
“How did you feel the day that Donald Trump won?” Pantazes asked.
“Scared,” Jose said.
“Why?” Pantazes asked.
“Because my dad,” Jose replied.
Jose’s dad, who did not want his name or face on camera, is among the more than 700,000 Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
“My husband has been in the country undocumented since he was 15-years old, he applied for DACA in 2012,” said Jose’s mother Lorena.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also know as DACA, allows Lorena’s husband to work and study in the country legally without fear of being deported.
But now, immigrant rights groups worry President-elect Donald Trump will revoke the policy.
“The thought of knowing that my husband could lose his status and be deported or our family be separated or our family having to leave to Mexico is just very scary,” Lorena said.
For now, Lorena, she’s trying to keep her children’s minds off the issue.
She says their family has a plan in place in case ICE comes to their door.
“We know what to do in case immigration comes, the children know not to open the doors even if they say they’re the police or if they’re ICE,” Lorena said. “If they say they have a warrant, they know they have to flip the warrant under the door.”