Law-Abiding but Illegal, and Fearing the New Trump Rules | NY Times

By JIM DWYER

Delfin Polanco, from the Dominican Republic, waiting for an appointment to speak to a lawyer about his immigration case at a Catholic Charities office in New York. (Photo: Sam Hodgson | NY Times)

Delfin Polanco, from the Dominican Republic, waiting for an appointment to speak to a lawyer about his immigration case at a Catholic Charities office in New York. (Photo: Sam Hodgson | NY Times)

Delfin Polanco waits on Thursday morning for a lawyer to help him stay in the country where he raised his son and has lived for 22 years.

Like about 40 others, he arrived by 5 a.m. in Lower Manhattan for a legal clinic offered for immigrants by Catholic Charities. It will be hours before he is seen.

To pass the time, Mr. Polanco thumbs through pictures on his phone and cards in his wallet.

There he is outside the old Yankee Stadium in 2008, behind two men carrying championship trophies, part of the crew that was moving the team into its new home down the block.

Here he is on the Teamsters union card that he got in 1999, which lets him work as a mover.

And there is his medical card, listing him as a patient of a clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center, where he goes for treatment of the breathing ailments that he got after working on the cleanup of the World Trade Center site. “Look,” Mr. Polanco says. “I had hair.”

Now he is 47 and not much is left. Mr. Polanco moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1995 when he married an American citizen. Along the way, they divorced. “They stamped ‘deport’ on my work paper seven years ago and tell me to come back every year for the inspection,” he said.

Read more: Law-Abiding but Illegal, and Fearing the New Trump Rules | NY Times

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