Chicago, Illinois -- Thursday, August 24, 2017
Jessica Rojas poses for a portrait in downtown Chicago near where she works for a utility company.
Rojas beat poverty to put herself through engineering college, where she collected accolades for academic achievement. After graduating last year, Ms. Rojas, who grew up in Chicago, was hired by a utility company to help modernize the city’s electrical grid.
But her life could soon be upended in a showdown over a five-year-old initiative, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has granted permission to stay and work to about 800,000 immigrants like Ms. Rojas who were brought illegally to the United States as children.
CREDIT: Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times