Born in the Philippines, but Georgia is home

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Born in the Philippines, but Georgia is home

Raymond Partolan grew up in Georgia and identifies as an American and Southerner.

The 24-year-old left the Philippines as a 15-month-old baby. His mother and father, a physical therapist, wanted a chance at a better life in the United States.

Georgia, he said, is the only place he’s ever known.

Now Partolan, and thousands of other young immigrants who live here, is grappling with a threat that puts his legal status in the U.S. at risk.

President Donald Trump pledged to dismantle Obama-era immigration protections such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that allows Partolan to receive a work permit, a driver’s license, and has given him a sense of safety.

Last month, President Trump announced he intended to phase out DACA.

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