Mary MuellerSep 6, 2017, 12:56 am

Outrage among immigration activists after Trump's DACA decision

Almost 800,000 young immigrants were protected by the program


Neighbors Link, a immigrant advocacy group in Mount Kisco is on the defensive after President Trump decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Under the program, nearly 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as young children can receive a driver's license, enroll in college and legally secure a job and not live in fear of deportation.

"The first wave of emotion people are going through is heartbreaking," said Neighbors Link Executive Director Carola Bracco said. "Just feelings of being betrayed and they are all calling the center to figure out what this means."

Bracco says that people with DACA applications that expire on or before March 5 of 2018 can renew their applications and keep their status for two years, as long as they file before early October.

"However for those people whose DACA expires on March 6 or later will have no access to a work permit, and they will no longer be able to drive," Bracco said.

Now, for the so-called 'Dreamers', it's a waiting game to see if Congress will act and pass an alternative to the program.



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