Carolyn FortinoSep 18, 2017, 3:40 pmSep 20, 2017, 8:25 am

Rep. Nita Lowey hosts roundtable discussion on DREAM Act

Focus is on different ways locals can work together to bring act to House floor

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey hosted a roundtable discussion in White Plains to discuss President Donald Trump's recent actions on the DREAM Act, and whether or not the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be extended.

Joined by locals on Monday, Lowey discussed the various ways that the group can work together to bring the DREAM Act to the House floor and secure its passage.

Trump's fluid approach to the DACA program has non-U.S. citizens in a state of limbo and has created anxiety for those with an uncertain future.

"I feel sad. I feel a bit of anger. But I also feel brave and courageous,” says DACA recipient Andrea Alarcon. “I feel that I need to vocalize my story, to humanize DACA."

Andrea is just one of more than 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who are concerned with the president's moves to remove the DACA program.

Attendees say that by coming forward and sharing their stories, they’re hoping the government will be able to reach a permanent solution on immigration reform.

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