Emily GirschFeb 5, 2018, 8:19 pm

Protesters in Westfield demand Rep. Leonard Lance take action and protect DACA

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WESTFIELD — Community leaders in Union County are calling on Republican Congressman Leonard Lance to support the DACA. New Jersey is home to 22,000 Dreamers, and just over 4,000 live in Lance's district.

The New Jersey representative has yet to vote in favor of the immigration policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and now community activists are demanding he take action on securing a pathway to citizenship, protesting in front of his office in Westfield.

"There's nothing wrong with any of these kids who came here. They're not criminal’s, they're not draining the system or any of that,” says Maplewood resident Kimberly Miller. “They're just here contributing and they're Americans and they want to stay."

President Trump terminated the DACA program in September, causing thousands of dreamers to lose their status.

Under an immigration framework unveiled two weeks ago, 1.8 million immigrants would gain access to citizenship in exchange for a $25 billion wall and termination of both the diversity visa lottery program and the family reunification program.

Activists say they're demanding Lance take action to protect the immigrants and their families who live in Westfield.

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