The Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration is so intimidating, some migrant workers are beginning to deport themselves.
Because of the president's executive orders, some illegal aliens are now choosing to go back to their home country rather than run the risk of being arrested.
“They don't want to deal with it, they can't deal with it, there's no way to rectify their situation except to leave the country,” says Karen Mountain, CEO of the Austin-based nonprofit Migrant Clinicians Network.
“People that felt relatively safe in places where there was sanctuary to be provided are facing legislative mandates which are tearing those few options apart for them,” she says.
Mountain says the impact also is being felt by clinics catering to migrant workers.
“What we are hearing is a steep and significant increase in no-show rates,” she says. “So people will have appointments that they're just afraid to keep.”
Even getting back across the border is proving too dangerous for some.