Of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the new administration has promised to deport "priority cases." During just his first week in office, president Donald Trump implemented new and aggressive immigration executive actions. For undocumented immigrants who recently arrived, have a criminal record or belong to any of the "priority categories," the future is uncertain.
Univision News documented the stories of seven of these undocumented immigrants with 360° video cameras and created a virtual reality experience of their lives. ‘In Danger of Deportation’ is a VR documentary series that allows users to put themselves in the shoes of some of the people most at risk of deportation under the Trump administration. (To fully explore the series we recommend you use Google Cardboard or any other VR headset. If you don’t have one, simple use your phone and headphones and watch the videos through the YouTube app. You can explore each scene by moving your phone.)
Here, the first video of 'In Danger of Deportation' is a compilation of the five stories explored in the project.
The individual stories included in the project are:
José, at risk of deportation for an old DUI charge: Don José, 67, has lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for almost half his life. More than 20 years ago he was detained by the police for driving under the influence (DUI). During the Obama administration, undocumented immigrants with charges like DUIs stopped being priority cases for deportation. This could change under the Trump administration.
Imelda and her husband, protected by ‘Parole in Place' (PIP): Imelda and her husband qualify for Parole in Place – a program expanded during the Obama administration. PIP benefits the undocumented relatives of members of the U.S. military. It is unclear what will happen to PIP under the Trump administration.
Diana, in fear of an old deportation order: In 2012 Diana received a deportation order. Through the prosecutorial discretion of ICE, her deportation was temporarily stopped as hers was not a priority case. Every year Diana has to renew her work permit and appeal her deportation. ICE’s discretionary decisions could be limited by Trump.
Valeria, a DACA beneficiary: Valeria is a Colombian student and one of the more than 750,000 DREAMers that have been granted temporary legal status through DACA. Given that this protection was one of Obama’s executive actions, Trump could cancel it and leave these dreamers in legal limbo.
Valdemar and his daughter, who recently arrived: Valdemar and his daughter Magaly came to the United States 10 days before the 2016 presidential election. Upon entering the country illegally, ICE gave Valdemar an order to appear in court and put an ankle monitor on him. He is traceable at all times and could be deported.