Cecilia DowdJun 16, 2017, 8:08 pmJun 17, 2017, 12:01 pm

Some immigrants protected under DACA say permanent solution is needed

Trump Administration announces that it has not decided on program’s fate

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The program protecting around 800,000 people who came to this country illegally as minors will remain in effect, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. This continuation of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals comes despite President Trump's campaign promise to immediately end the program, that protects those known as "dreamers."

“They came to this country to fight for a better future… It's as simple as that. We contribute to the economy, we pay taxes. I can definitely tell you we try out best to not break the law,” said Angel Reyes. He is a business owner and community organizer who has benefited from the protection of DACA.

“When I was 18-years-old, my mom got deported back to Peru. I had to drop off high school, got my GED, went to college and decided to advocate for the community when it comes to immigration ‘cause I know how difficult it is to have your family torn apart,” Reyes said

Muddying the waters on Friday, the Trump Administration said it has not decided on DACA's fate. But it is in effect for now, evident by an announcement on the Department of Homeland Security website.

With Thursday's announcement that DACA would remain, the Department of Homeland Security announced it was rescinding DAPA, a program protecting immigrant parents of American citizens. DAPA never went into effect because it was blocked by the courts.

Had DAPA been in effect, it would have protected Francis Madi's mother who is undocumented. Madi, who lives in Hempstead, benefits from DACA. She spoke about the Department of Homeland Security's announcement.

“It's a reminder that this is a temporary program, that we need a permanent solution, that our families need a permeant solution, and that there's 11 million people who are still undocumented in this country, who have been living here for so many years and they need that solution,” Madi said.

Angel Reyes echoed the same sentiments, noting the need for comprehensive immigration reform. FiOS1 News asked if Thursday's DACA announcement at least alleviated some fear

“It does. But as we know with the new government, with a new President, anything can change. If he wakes up in a bad mood, if someone sends him the wrong tweet and he might just change,” Reyes said.

That cautious outlook isn't unfounded. With the Trump Administration's Friday announcement that DACA's future is uncertain, it seems any celebration would be premature.

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