Undocumented Mother Dares Trump to Feel Her Biggest Fear
"Lili," an Oklahoma Dreamer and mother who would reveal only her first name, has a message for Donald Trump.
"I want him to have one day of the life that I've lived," she told CNN, as an undocumented immigrant currently preparing for deportation as a Trump presidency nears.
"Break families? Would he want to leave his family?" she asked.
Lili has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. She wanted to share her dream for her five U.S.-born children on national television, urging the president-elect to feel her pain.
"You have a dream...when you buy a house you want your grandchildren to come visit," she said as she prepares to sell her home.
Trump's immigration plan has shifted drastically since he began his campaign. Initially proposing a wall along the U.S./Mexico border and a mass deportation force, both policies seem to have been put on the back burner for the time being. Trump also previously promised to deport every undocumented immigrant (an estimated 13 million), yet in his first sit-down interview since winning the presidency, Trump scaled back the proposal to 2-3 million, and that would only be those who have committed crimes.
No one knows where he got this exorbitant number, and House Speaker Paul Ryan has since insisted that the U.S. will not have a deportation force.
"The fear is absolutely real," confirmed immigration attorney Melissa Lujan, whose phone has been ringing nonstop due to clients like Lili. But given Trump's shifting policies, she feels somewhat helpless.
"We have absolutely no idea what is going to come from the next administration," Lujan admitted.
"I wish Donald would see what we have to go through," Lili added.