A tinge of disappointment hung in the air at the MECA cultural arts center before the live-stream of President Obama's immigration speech began Thursday night. A small group of undocumented students and families had gathered to hear the long-awaited announcement that Obama would halt the deportations of some immigrants. But as details of Obama's executive action started to trickle out before the address, many began to slowly realize they have family who won't be helped.
Jorge Olvera, a graduate student at the University of Houston, fled violence in Reynosa with his parents and crossed into Texas when he was just 7 years old. The nagging threat of deportation lingered until two years ago, when Obama launched a program halting deportations of immigrants brought to the country illegally when they were kids. "I'd hoped the president would announce something tonight that might help my parents, too," Olvera said. "It looks like that won't happen."