Fear erupts as local Dreamers and activists react to DACA decision

Fear resonates in Kern's undocumented and allied communities

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - We first introduced you to Bakersfield's Pedro Villalobos Monday.

Undocumented, brought to this country from Mexico at just 2 months old.

Now a UC Santa Barbara grad thanks to the security of DACA. 

Villalobos woke up this morning to the news President Trump would rescind that program that protects him from deportation. 

"The first post...that I saw was kind of a reaction video that my mom posted how heartbroken she was to hear the news and she said she just felt guilty as a mother, because she just felt like she was putting me in such a rough situation," explained Villalobos.

Shortly afterwards, other local DACA recipients, protesters, and activists took to the streets condemning the decision.

"Trump taking DACA away from Dreamers so he can try to deport them is heartless and immoral," said UFW President Arturo Rodriguez.

One question people continued to pose on our social media pages, was confusion about why these young undocumented people did not simply apply for citizenship.

Local immigration lawyer Win Eaton explained, it's never been that easy or simple.

"If a young infant is sound asleep in a car driven into the United States and that infant at six hours old is now 20-years-old, there's no mechanism to fix that status without them leaving the United States for 10 years," explained Eaton. 

Bakersfield College has an estimated 800 undocumented students currently enrolled. 

Dean of Instruction Corny Rodriguez said while some of those students are fearful, they should keep going to class. 

"There's no doubt that there's fear. One of the things that we have done at Bakersfield College is we have partnered with various community organizations to help our students get them educated to help them understand what their legal rights are, what their educational rights are as well," said Rodriguez. 

Villalobos, diploma in hand, is hopeful Congress will act. 

If you are a DACA recipient, the Department of Homeland Security has released an FAQ specifically for Dreamers with questions about the next six months. 


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