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Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.

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DACA Poet: ‘I Don't Want to Leave Home’

One of thousands facing an uncertain future as the Trump administration vows to scrap DACA, poet and social worker Alex Alpharaoh reveals his struggle onstage.

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Image Courtesy of Capital & Main Poet and social worker Alex Alpharaoh onstage Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. G uatemala-born Alex Alpharaoh may soon become a man without a country—and without a family. Brought to America when he was three months old, Alpharaoh alone among his immediate family members is not a U.S. citizen, although under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he has the legal right to remain and work in this country. A social worker, poet, performer, and parent, Alpharaoh has been telling Los Angeles theater audiences about his life as an undocumented immigrant in a solo show called WET: A DACAmented Journey . But with today's announcement by the Trump administration that it plans to phase out DACA, his life has been thrown into turmoil. A grimly uncertain future now awaits Alpharaoh, who arrived in the...