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SMU 'Dreamer' Faults Trump's Immigration Crackdown

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    SMU 'Dreamer' Faults Trump's Immigration Crackdown

    When Jose Manuel Santoyo listened to Donald Trump outline his immigration plan Wednesday night, he feared what it might mean for him, his family and millions like them. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016)

    When Jose Manuel Santoyo listened to Donald Trump outline his immigration plan Wednesday night, he feared what it might mean for him, his family and millions like them.

    Santoyo, 24, a senior at SMU, hasn't stepped foot in his native Mexico since he was a young boy.

    "That's me right there," he said, pointing to an old picture.

    His family walked into the U.S. after his father was murdered in the drug war.

    "I was 8 years old. I knew how to say, 'American resident, sir,'" he said.

    He was raised in Corsicana, where he graduated high school and then from community college.

    "This is where I grew up," he said. "I know more about the history here than I know about Mexico."

    In many ways, Santoyo is like 11 million other undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

    He's a so-called "dreamer," the name given to undocumented students who are allowed to live legally in the U.S.

    "I have protection from deportation but there are a lot of people who don't," he said. "And that's what really worries me."

    He said he could lose that protection if Trump is elected.

    "It can be taken away at any moment," he said. "It's an executive order. It's just like many executive orders, they come and go."

    In fact, in his speech, Trump said he would do away with such orders.

    Santoyo said he identifies more with the U.S. than his native Mexico, where he hasn't visited since he arrived in America as a young boy.

    "This is where I grew up," he said. "This is where I feel like I belong. This is where my family belongs."

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