You may have seen that we are hosting an Answer Time with Gustavo, a DREAMer who has recently enrolled in Columbia University. Unfortunately, following the election of Donald Trump we are pulling his Answer Time to ensure that he can stay emotionally safe and look out for his family. 

In his place we are running an Answer Time with “Fiona,” an immigrant from the Philippines who moved to the US without documentation with her family in 2001. She is currently here as a DREAMer because she arrived here before she turned 16. However, the fate of her family hinges on Trump’s actions in office. She has graciously agreed to answer questions about life for her and her family as undocumented immigrants. You can also read more about her in an essay she wrote for Refinery29.

Fiona will begin answering questions at 11am EST/8am PST. She’s taking questions via our Ask Box and will also be answering questions originally intended for Gustavo.

Our thoughts are with both Fiona and Gustavo and their families this morning.

23-year-old “Dreamer” immigrant arrested in Seattle

  • A 23-year-old Seattle man, previously authorized to stay in the U.S. by Obama’s DACA program, was detained by immigration officials on Friday.
  • His arrest raises thorny legal questions about immigrants’ rights under President Trump.
  • The man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, had been granted deferred action and employment authorization under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA”, program in 2014 and again in 2016, CNN reports.
  • But when immigration officials showed up at his door on Feb. 10 to arrest his father, they took him as well.
  • According to the New York Times, Ramirez and his lawyers have since filed a lawsuit against the federal government on the grounds that his detainment is unconstitutional, “unprecedented and unjustified.” Read more (2/15/17 7:47 AM)