Despite President Obama’s executive
action, uncertainties and stresses remain for
children of immigrants.
By Lorna Collier
Ana* didn’t find out she was undocumented until she began applying for financial aid for college at age 17. That’s when her dad took her aside and told her the visas he had used to bring
her and her mother to America from Mexico when she was an infant had
long ago expired.
“He said, ‘You can’t tell anyone because if somehow Immigration
finds out, we can be deported, and what are your sisters going to do?’”
remembers Ana, now 25. “I definitely developed anxiety after that.”
* Ana asked that her full name not be used to protect her family.