DACA Program Decision Still in Progress
YAKIMA, Wash. - President Donald Trump may soon be announcing his decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA Program. If he does end the program, people who are on it won’t be protected against deportation.
DACA began during the Obama Administration in 2012. For 800,000 people who came to the United States illegally as children, DACA has granted many work permits and deferral from deportation.
According to City Councilwomen Dulce Gutierrez, there are hundreds of people on the DACA program in Yakima. Gutierrez says losing DACA could hurt our community because of all of the agriculture in the area.
“"To have these folks living in fear at this moment in time is cruel, and it’s an unfortunate situation that I hope the president can resolve as soon as possible so that these folks aren't living in fear anymore," says Gutierrez.
There are currently ten states that are threatening to sue Trump if he doesn't end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. Reports say White House Speaker Paul Ryan is urging President Trump to hold off on eliminating the program.