Of the 690,000 undocumented immigrants now facing an uncertain future as Congress and President Trump wrangle over the DACA program are about 8,800 school teachers.

The real possibility that they’ll be deported if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is allowed to expire has put enormous stress on them.

Maria Rocha, a teacher in San Antonio, Texas, says it’s gut wrenching, but she’s trying not to show it in front of her third-graders. Rocha has been teaching at KIPP Esperanza Dual-Language Academy for three years.

It’s even harder, she says, because some of her students are also at risk of being deported.

“It’s a very touchy subject with 8-9 year olds,” says Rocha. “But they’re aware of this because they have family members who are undocumented themselves, so their families talk about it.”

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