Here's What Life is Like for a WKU Student in the U.S. on DACA

Oct 18, 2017

WKU student Angel Enriquez
Credit Ambriehl Crutchfield

Western Kentucky University student Angel Enriquez is one of an estimated 700,000 people who are uncertain of their future after the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

DACA temporarily defers deportation and allows work permits for those brought to the U.S illegally as children.

It was created as an executive order by President Obama in 2012. President Trump has cancelled DACA, putting pressure on Congress for a permanent resolution.


Enriquez is originally from Veracruz, Mexico, and enrolled in DACA in 2012.

“I feel like I’m just another American kid, it just happens that I speak Spanish and I’m a little more tan. I mean, I grew up here since I was three years old,” he told WKU Public Radio.

Enriquez is hoping to graduate from WKU in 2019 and pursue a future in business economics.

You can hear more of our conversation with Enriquez by clicking on the Listen button above.