Patricia NicolasOct 5, 2017, 9:50 pm

Massapequa Park protestors decry president’s plan to end DACA

The program protects undocumented immigrants brought to the US as minors


Thursday is the last day for immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals whose status expires between Sept. 5 and Oct. 5 to renew their protected status. Those who haven't will be subject to deportation.

Many like DACA-recipient Dulce Hernandez whose status expires in 2010 spent their day outside of Congressman Peter King's office protesting on Thursday.

“My goal is to go to college and give a better future to my daughter,” Hernandez said.

Make the Road Great New York says Congressman King's district has the largest number of DACA recipients on Long Island. They fear with the DACA status now being lost, it will have detrimental effects on not just DACA recipients but also their families here on Long Island.

“They will lose these work permits and protection from deportation, and essentially at any point, immigration agents can pick them up and put them in deportation or interaction with any law enforcement could put them in jeopardy,” said protest organizer Walter Barrientos

Governor Andrew Cuomo has also made a call to action. In a statement, he said: "As we made clear before this decision, New York is suing to protect the 'dreamers' and the state's sovereign interest in the fair and equal application of the law. Today's amended complaint will further safeguard New Yorkers targeted by the federal government's actions, and it sends another clear message that New York will never stop fighting for the values embodied by the lady in our harbor."

Protesters say this is just one of many rallies they will attend as they plan on protesting until their voices are heard.

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