Kern County residents heartbroken after Supreme Court decision on DAPA

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 21:39:30-04

Families are fluctuating between despair and rage after the Supreme Court was deadlocked in a decision regarding immigration reform.

Adrian Barajas just graduated high school and is stressed to tears about his mother's situation. She came to the U.S. with a work visa and has four boys, including him.

If passed, the immigration reform would have allowed his mother to stop working in the fields, find a better job and allow him to pursue his dream of working at the Federal Reserve, without having to worry about taking care of his family.

"If she gets deported, or anything like that, I would have to be in charge and take over that [responsibility]," Adrian said.

He described his family as loving, and vocal, debating all of the headlines in the news and learning from one another.

He says while families argue and fight, there's no difference between them and any other family born here in the United States.

Adrian's worried his family could get ripped apart and he, as the oldest, would have to put his dreams of a higher education on hold, to put meals on the table for his three younger brothers, the youngest who is 9-years-old.

He is now hoping a new president will finish the work that was started. "There's always the future and it can always change," he said.

A mother in the same situation shared she is extremely saddened by this decision.

Veronica Perez, a mother of three, has lived in the US for 20 years. Perez would have qualified to stay in the U.S. under DAPA.

She said in Spanish, they need to keep fighting and be strong.

While both agree they need to continue pushing for this legislation, some are fired up about the justice system and how slowly it works.

Martin Macias, 49, has lived his entire life in the U.S.. His mother was born in Phoenix, but he was born in Mexico.

"I lost my social security card last February and they won't give me another one," Macias said he can't find work, has lost his home and is still trying to care for his family that includes a wife and four children.

"I want to go back to work, that's all I want to do. I'm not sitting around waiting for something to happen." Macias said he watches every dime he spends, including the bus fare he uses to go job hunting.

"The days are extra long and hot, and it can get really really depressing," Macias said.

Now each family is hoping they can maintain and stay together.