EDINBURG, Texas - Immigration raids, anti-sanctuary city bills and the future of dreamers: Those are just some of the issues facing pro-immigrant groups across the nation.
At the Texas-Mexico border, a college organization meets on a regular basis to discuss such issues as a means to best defend their members, some of whom are living in fear.
One by one, members of the minority affairs council at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley trickle in.
As they take their seats and type in their minutes, students begin discussing current immigration issues.
Specifically, criminal roundups by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents and legislation introduced in the Texas capitol targeting sanctuary cities and campuses.
“It makes us worried, but I think that this is the reason why we meet,” said the organization’s interim president and DACA recipient Abraham Diaz.
Diaz said the meetings provide a greater sense of awareness and empowerment not only learning about what is happening in their communities, but also what they can do about it.
A few weeks ago they rallied in protest outside Austin and Washington D.C. against policies that target the undocumented population.
“Every political movement is crucial for us to keep our legal status,” said MAC member Ober Garcia.
Garcia was brought to the U.S. illegally by his parents as a child. He benefits from former president Obama’s Deferred Action program. Losing that protection worries him most.
“It is a fear that I have and a fear that many, many students have here at school,” said Garcia.
It is also a fear President Trump is aware of and a decision he continues to weigh.
“It’s a very, very tough subject,” he said. “We’re going to deal with DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] with heart. I have to deal with a lot of politicians, don’t forget, and convince them that what I’m saying is… is right.”
Although there is hope in that message, the uncertainty makes them feel uneasy.
“Even though we are facing uncertainty, we can’t remain silent about it,” said Garcia. “We must put our stories out there and you know, raise our voices.”
This is in hopes that the chance they’ve been given, doesn’t get taken away.