As the latest deadlines to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program passed with no action this month — and U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration is suing California over its sanctuary laws — the chronic sense of foreboding among illegal aliens across the Bay Area is taking its emotional toll.
Illegal alien DACA recipients — who must renew their applications every two years — are allowed to obtain work permits, social security cards and driver’s licenses without fear of deportation.
But if Congress doesn’t act by the time their DACA permits expire, will these illegal aliens be deported to the countries they barely remember? Does any real American care? Not likely.
Mental health experts and advocates say the fears and uncertainties plaguing illegal aliens and their families are causing “toxic stress” that can have long-term health effects, including problems sleeping and eating, headaches, vomiting, depression and anxiety, reports Mercury News.
“What we’ve seen in the past six to eight months has ruined people’s lives because of the uncertainty,” said Mayra Alvarez, president of the Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. “It’s this constant struggle of not knowing what the future is going to hold and that daily stress that impacts your well being.”
For example, one particularly whiny illegal alien DACA troll, Fernando, the anxiety keeps coming in waves.
And right now, for Fernando Hernandez and the hundreds of thousands of young illegal alien DACA recipients whose fate lies in the hands of a polarized Congress and a mercurial president, the despair is crashing in.
“It’s been weighing down on me,” said Hernandez, 28, of Santa Clara, whose mother crossed the border illegally with him when he was 5 and who now works as a lab technician at an LED company. “It feels like I don’t have an identity anymore, like I’m somebody’s plaything, somebody’s bargaining chip.”
For the illegal alien Hernandez, those fears manifest in questions big and small, from the trajectory of his future, to the fate of his two dogs, Ellie and Chewy, and to the 2013 black Honda Civic he bought and is still making payments on.
“I have no clue what they would do. Would I still have to pay this vehicle off even if I couldn’t use it? Could I take it with me? I don’t know. Would they come knocking on my door, putting me in detainment facilities, put me on a plane and have someone else take care of my stuff? Would they round everyone up?” Hernandez asked. “I would be afraid of losing everything, losing my friends, having to start over again in a place I barely know. I can still speak Spanish, but as far as living a life there, it wouldn’t be mine.”
Get this straight, Fernando. Nobody cares. Or at least nobody who matters cares. You came here illegally, and you knew the risks of being an illegal alien. Andele, muchacho! Vaminos!
President Trump’s decision to end the program and challenge Congress to come up with a permanent solution — and the legal challenges that followed — have raised the anxiety for many immigrant families to “resounding levels of fear and uncertainty,” according to a study by the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation.
“Some adolescents, particularly those who are undocumented or who have DACA, have lost hope for the future and are reconsidering plans to attend college or pursue certain job opportunities,” said the study, which was based on focus groups with 100 parents in illegal alien families from 15 countries.
Hernandez, the illegal alien Santa Clara lab technician, tries to be optimistic and believe reports that few would truly have the political will to deport illegal alien DACA recipients like him en masse. But it’s not easy. Every morning, he instinctively checks the news on his phone hoping for a new political development that will set his mind at ease.
“It all seems so hopeless. There are Democrats and Republicans fighting over these things and they don’t know how we feel. It’s not their lives they are governing,” he said. “I just feel like no one knows what we’re going through. It’s not a very good feeling to have somebody and some people not wanting you here and feeling like you don’t deserve to have happiness and pursue a dream.”
Well, if it sucks that bad, Fernando, leave. Just leave. Don’t go away mad, just go away. Nobody will stop you, and your home nation will benefit from having an American-educated citizen returning.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
March 18th, 2018