Even people here with some kind of legal status are on the clock. Trump has eliminated the Temporary Protection Status, the TPS and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, of hundreds of thousands of people.
If your legal status ends, you will be placed in the ranks of the millions of people who are considered here illegally. and potentially subject to arrest and deportation.
Carlos Acosta from Virginia is on that precipice. Originally from El Salvador, he has Temporary Protected Status and has worked in the United States as tire mechanic for the same company for 17 years. This allowed him to send money to his family and build a house he planned to finish in five years.
But since the Trump administration announced that it would end the TPS for Salvadorans, it is possible that it will have to return to El Salvador before the house is complete.
"I'm really angry," Acosta said. "I've been in the US for 17 years and I've never been in trouble, not DWI, no alcohol, I'm trying to follow all the laws in this country, this state"
By targeting legal immigration and The refugees, the president has helped burn in the minds of some the image of mass deportation in progress, said Randy Capps, principal investigator of the Migration Policy Institute, a group of experts based in Washington.
More family visas are being denied and processing has slowed with longer approval periods. There are fewer students who arrive with visas and Trump has proposed that visas for spouses of H1-B holders be eliminated for certain skilled workers.
Add to that the insistence that in exchange for allowing DACA recipients to remain in the United States, Trump insists that Democrats agree to end the diversity visa lottery and limit immigrants who sponsor relatives. to come to the United States with visas, what the president has been calling "chain" migration but that some see as a pejorative term.
has not been this kind of broad-based effort to restrict legal immigration in a long time, "Capps said." That's something new. "
While Congress has stalled on immigration legislation, The Trump administration has been using the mechanisms already established to increase the application of the law, and its administration has resorted to the use of some tactics that were stopped in the Obama administration.
In California, ICE officers appeared in the hearings for workers, including immigrants, filing complaints against employers over wage disputes, said Shannon Gleeson, an associate professor of labor relations, law and history at Cornell University, workers reports that employers are threatening to call Immigration in wage or labor disputes are becoming more common, he said.
It is not limited to employers. The State of Washington accuses Motel 6 of handing over names and personal information of guests to immigration officials.
"Places considered safe places or out of bounds are not necessarily like that anymore, people willing to enter and exercise their rights now in danger," said Gleeson.
Recently published ICE data show that deportations of people arrested inside the United States increased to 61,094 from January 20 to September 30 last year, compared to 44,512 in the same period of 2016.  But in 2015, when the Obama administration emphasized the deportation of criminals and trapped people entering the country illegally, 69,478 people arrested inside the United States were removed. At the beginning of Obama's term, the deportations of people arrested in the interior were more than 200,000 for several years, according to ICE.
"They have a way to go to get back to the (initial) levels of Obama's deportation," Capps said.