What DACA recipients aren’t telling their children

“It would break my heart and I know it would break hers”: Parents struggle to hide their fear and anxiety from their kids.

DENVER — “You really don’t realize how much your kids pay attention when adults are talking,” Treisi Martinez, a 25-year-old mother of two who is protected temporarily from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, told me in October.

Martinez’s oldest daughter is 5. That’s old enough to ask heartbreaking questions, like why...

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