For Trump Loyalist and the Neighbors She Hates, Immigration Policy More Than Politics

VALLEY VIEW -- At 4:30 a.m. on a windy Monday, Tamara Estes swallows vitamin B12 for energy and krill oil for her arthritic fingers. Even with her nightly Ambien, she is always up before the sun, getting ready for a job that reminds her of what infuriates her about America.She drives a school bus on a route that winds through a neighborhood filled with undocumented Mexicans in this North Texas town about 70 miles northwest of Dallas. She picks up nearly 100 of their children and drops them off at public schools funded by American taxpayers. By her.One immigrant family lives in the house next door, and in the dark hours before dawn, they are also stirring. As the father leaves for his job at a construction site, the mother is scrambling eggs and scooping them into warm tortillas.They have been working in America for two decades without legal status, but their four children were born here, so they are U.S. citizens - or, as Estes and President Donald Trump call them, "anchor babies."The eldest, Rainier Corral, 15, emerges from his bedroom carrying a book bag and a trumpet case. He's a 188-pound rock of a kid who plays lineman on the high school football team, a top-notch student who wants to study mechanical engineering at Texas A&M.Rainier's family has always believed in the promise of America, where they saved enough to buy their own home and their kids go to good schools. But now that Trump is threatening to deport millions - and even change the law that gave their children U.S. citizenship - they are filled with fear.  Continue reading...

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