Uncertainty for future of DACA leaves some Tri-State immigrants uneasy

SILVERTON, Ohio -- Riccy Enriquez Perdomo picked up documents from her lawyer Friday that were taken when she was detained by ICE agents two weeks ago.

Enriquez was held for eight days before being released from the Boone County Jail last week due to confusion over her immigration status.

She and others in the Tri-State are concerned about the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program that has allowed her and other immigrants to live and work in the U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly been considering ending the Obama-era policy.

"It's not fair for a lot of us for him to cancel this, because we really need it," Enriquez said.

She is one of nearly 800,000 immigrants in the country under DACA. The program protects young undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children.

White House officials said Friday that a decision will be announced Tuesday. Several U.S. attorney generals said they would sue the president if he doesn't decide whether or not to end the program by then.

"They shouldn't be worried," Trump said Friday. "I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody."

 

Trump is said to be weighing a couple options on DACA that would continue protections but prevent any future applicants and possibly renewing the two-year permits.

Heyra Avila has lived in Northern Kentucky since she was 4 and is now a student at Xavier University who is allowed in the country under DACA.

"It's just really scary to be so vulnerable to the government, especially with someone in office who is so against immigrants and immigration," she said.

Samantha Searls with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center works with DACA students. She said it's "just wrong" to use the lives of so many people "in some sort of political negotiation."

"This whole process has caused a lot of uncertainty in the immigrant community ever since [Trump] was elected," Searls said.

The center plans to hold a rally at Fountain Square after Trump makes his decision.

Until then, Enriquez said she will "just leave everything in God's hands."

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