Bud Kennedy

Not just sour grapes: Dreamers fret over place in Trump’s America

Dallas schoolteacher Elvia Soltero and her father, Florencio, wonder what the future holds for “Dreamers” like her.
Dallas schoolteacher Elvia Soltero and her father, Florencio, wonder what the future holds for “Dreamers” like her. Courtesy photo

One election prediction turned out to be true: It will not quickly be “over.”

One side promised ongoing indictments and impeachment. The other promises investigations and resistance, some from the president-elect’s own party.

Our streets and social media pages are filled with ungracious winners and unhelpful deniers.

If you’re thrilled your voice was heard, but you want the other side to shut up until 2020, that is not required in America.

But while you’re bossing friends to “get over it,” let a few young men and women in Texas go ahead and scream or cry.

They have a good reason.

The 200,000 young Texas residents known as Dreamers face being removed to a birth country they have never known.

They were brought here as children and stayed pending planned immigration reform.

“The children in my classroom were crying,” Dallas elementary teacher Elvia Soltero said Saturday.

“One little boy kept repeating, ‘I don’t know anything about Mexico. Why do I have to go to Mexico?’ 

That boy was American-born and might come back someday. But the foreign-born Dreamers might never get to come back.

Soltero is a Dreamer.

“I don’t know what to tell them, because I don’t know what’ll happen to me,” she said.

She’s a Chihuahua native and a 23-year Dallas resident with a college degree.

Most of the children at her school are American citizens, she said.

“They were born here. This is all they know. … We’re just trying to keep their spirits up.”

Fort Worth school board President Cinto Ramos said Dreamers “have come out of the shadows, and now they feel 100 percent vulnerable.”

Returning some to strife-torn hometowns would be a “life-threatening situation,” he said.

It’s too soon to know which campaign promises President-elect Donald Trump meant seriously. But he seems intent on restricting immigration, and named former Farmers Branch and Arizona law author Kris Kobach to his transition team.

Fort Worth Republican Juan Hernandez co-founded Hispanic Republicans of Texas but worked lately for Libertarian Gary Johnson. He is unsure Trump can carry out his promises.

“His agenda may be frozen by Congress due to legal attacks, the Trump University case and scandals,” Hernandez said.

“Or there’s another potential scenario, that Trump as president might be very different from the candidate.”

With Congress’ support, “he could promote immigration reform,” Hernandez said: “I hope he uses power wisely.”

If Trump launches an immigration crackdown, the first to go should not be Dreamers.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, bud@star-telegram.com, @BudKennedy. His column appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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