Alexa Mencia

Alexa Mencia is a Chicago-based investigative journalist pursuing a master's degree at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Recent Articles

Undocumented and Exposed

DACA recipients are grappling with fear and uncertainty on the eve of Trump’s presidency, unsure whether they face deportation, job loss, or government abuse of their personal information.

(Photo: AP/Brad Doherty/Brownsville Herald)
(Photo: AP/Brad Doherty/Brownsville Herald) Demonstrators stand in front of the Federal Courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, on March 19, 2015. O perating room nurse Jose Aguiluz knew that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was only a Band-Aid for his immigration problem. It wasn’t a pathway to citizenship. The benefits it offered were limited, temporary. But critically to Aguiluz, it was a way out of the shadows. For the first time since he fled Honduras to the United States in 2005, he found himself not having to tell white lies to his friends and peers. With a Maryland driver’s license, Aguiluz didn’t have to pretend that he had environmental reasons for not driving a car. With a work permit and a Social Security number, he worried less about having a run-in with the police. He didn’t have to think about how any and every action he took might lead to his deportation. Aguiluz was even able to visit Honduras without fearing that he would be denied re-entry into the United...