Men's Health (USA)
A Secret Shared
In March, encouraged by Obama-era policies that sought to protect undocumented immigrants at an early age, Martinez de los Santos stands in front of 200 predominantly white high school classmates to reveal his undocumented status. “Everybody got really quiet,” he says. “I had to show them that immigrants don’t all come in a stereotypical package.” A month later, he’s awarded DACA (or “Dreamer”) status, a federal exemption that lets him obtain a driver’s license and work legally in the U. S. In November, however, Donald Trump wins the presidential election.