"It sends the wrong message, especially for the state of Michigan," Ficano said. "We are starving for people...If you're a student or a person that is looking for a job in the area why would you go to a place that is more difficult? This is setting up roadblocks. They will leave to places like Florida or California because they don't seem to want to be reasonable in Michigan."
According to the Detroit News, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 undocumented teens and young adults qualify for the deferred action in Michigan. Retaining those residents wouldn't solve Michigan's population woes, but losing them certainly wouldn't help either.
Meanwhile, Contreras, 17 years old and thinking about the future, continues to move forward through his senior year at Skyline, applying to colleges and remaining as optimistic as possible.
"I really hope everything just gets resolved. I feel like it was just a misunderstanding of the law. I want a normal American life."