The student is an illegal immigrant and apparently, he’s having violent nightmares that cause him to wake up screaming.

NBC’s KING 5 reports:

Seattle University student leader lacking legal status resigns

The president of Seattle University’s student government, who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child, announced his resignation on Monday. His decision to step down was made, in part, because of stress induced by the presidential election.

As the governing leader of the university’s student body, Carlos Rodriguez is required to attend weekly meetings with the university’s Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees, among other administrative bodies. As a senior public affairs major with two jobs—one with campus public safety and the other as an intern with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office—he has little time to himself. Lately, he’s had trouble sleeping. Violent dreams wake him up abruptly at night and keep him from falling back to sleep.

“I will wake up in the middle of the night just screaming for no reason,” Carlos Rodriguez told the Seattle University Spectator. “I had a nightmare that I was shot in a school shooting at SU.”

While the stress, anxiety, and paranoia associated with his status as an undocumented citizen has followed him closely for years, Rodriguez said things “became real” when President Donald Trump issued his first batch of executive orders. Namely, those which banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and initiated the process of constructing a wall along the border between Mexico and the U.S.


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