STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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A young immigrant in Michigan: "The hope is still there, but fear is really intense."

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Thousands of young immigrants in Michigan today are living in a state of limbo. 

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to end the Obama administration's deferred action program that allowed these young immigrants to go to school, and work, without fear of deportation. 
Now, two months into his Presidency, the Trump White House hasn't announced its plans for the program, though the president now says he will deal with the issue "with heart." 

But for many young immigrants, the fear remains. 

Brandon Reyes is one young person in Michigan living with this fear. He told our State of Opportunity team about his experience. 

Click above to hear his words.

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter on the State of Opportunity project, based in Grand Rapids. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.
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