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.

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