Ariana Salas, who will be a senior at Messmer High School in the fall, is an intern for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. She writes about how her family was affected by President Donald Trump’s order to arrest undocumented immigrants.
President Donald Trump sent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to arrest millions of undocumented immigrants in cities including Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and San Francisco.
Although my parents are U.S. citizens, and they do not have anything to worry about, I was fearful for the rest of my family and other families out there.
My family came to the U.S. with a dream to give their children a better life than what they had.
They sent my cousins to school to get that diploma that my uncle and aunts couldn’t get. Most of my family members have spent their entire life here. If they go back to Mexico, they would have to start all over again.
It’s not easy having family members who are undocumented immigrants and having to know that every time they go to work to be able to provide for their families, there is a chance they won’t come back home.
I have a lot of family and cousins who will be left behind if their parents get deported.