Langley Park, Md. — Affordable housing and accessible public transportation in this suburb on the outskirts of Washington have attracted newcomers from all over the world, particularly Central America and the Caribbean.
On the summer weekends, many residents in this predominantly immigrant community attend Mass, dine out with their families at one of the nearby pupuserias or other immigrant-run eateries and send remittances to their families in their native countries through the local Western Union. Others simply step into the streets outside their red-brick apartments, where some of their neighbors sell shaved ice with chili powder and sliced mangoes with lime and salt from unpretentious food carts.
But in recent weeks, some of them — especially those in the U.S. without a legal status — have been living under constant trepidation and fear even a trip to the local convenience store. Like other immigrants in communities across the country, they’ve been on edge since President Trump vowed to order mass deportations of undocumented families last month.
“Sometimes, the streets are empty now,” said Yennifer, a native of Guatemala and now a resident of Langley Park, which is just to the northeast of Washington.
When the 22-year-old mother, who spoke on the condition that her last name not be used, first learned through Facebook and WhatsApp of Mr. Trump’s announcement, she said she worried for her two children. Seven months ago, she crossed into the U.S. from Mexico illegally while pregnant to reunite with her husband Kevin, 24, who had crossed the southern border a month earlier with their 5-year-old son.
“I’m scared to go outside. I’m scared to go to all places,” she said in Spanish. “My biggest fear is that if they take me, what’s going to happen to my husband? And if they take my kids away from me, what’s going to happen to them?”
By Camilo Montoya-Galvez for CBS NEWS
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