— Workers for the federal government-owned Training and Employment Development department face deportation after refusing to work for an immigration program designed to help people who have been in the U.S. illegally for more than a decade.
The TEDD is one of many government agencies that help provide jobs to immigrants who have made the journey to the U, but say they need the training and skills for new lives.
A total of 8,600 immigrants have received TEDDs in the past four years.
That’s about one per day.
The department has also been a major target of the Trump administration, with the U-turns at its center.
President Donald Trump has said he would be tough on illegal immigration but not push for deportations.
The administration is considering how to prioritize deportations, which would be the first major change in the nation’s immigration policies in decades.
Some of the TEDS employees said they have worked for more months than they have in the last 10 years, and are worried they will be deported.
“I’m here for the country,” said one TEDA employee, who asked not to be identified for fear of losing her job.
“I’m not here for my country.
I want to make a better life for myself.”
A U.N. report released in December said there were more than 200,000 people in the country illegally.
Immigration advocates say many of those workers are struggling to get by, and want help finding a new home.
They say the TDD program has helped tens of thousands of people with skills that are needed in their new lives, but not enough to fill a shortage of jobs.