The next steps to take after the DACA program was cancelled
YAKIMA Wash. -- People impacted by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are still fighting against the decision made.
Bishop Joseph Tyson held a gathering today at the Saint Joseph Parish Catholic church to hear from the people affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Emmanuel Rodriguez who did not want his face shown on camera came to America when he was 14 years old.
He was under the DACA program and was able to work because of it but now that it has been removed he says he is confused about his future.
“I feel really sad because I thought that he was going to help us out like he said and all of a sudden he just changed his mind," said Rodriguez.
The DACA program went into effect in 2012 under President Obama’s administration.
The policy allowed young undocumented immigrants to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation with the chance to go to school and have a work permit.
But the program ended a week ago by President Donald Trump’s request.
Bishop Joseph Tyson decided to reach out to young undocumented immigrants to help them understand what will happen with their status now that DACA is gone.
“We want to be sharing the love, the care, the compassion you know we want to be sharing that we are with them in this moment of pain and suffering and uncertainty," said Tyson.
During the session, different issues were brought up such as application deadlines, health programs, higher education and much more.
Bishop Tyson says that the most important information people need to know is, new DACA applications are not being accepted anymore and if you already have DACA and want to renew it all paper work must be submitted by October 5, 2017.
Other sessions just like this one will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish in Wenatchee and Friday at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick.
La Casa Hogar will be helping out people with applications on September 27.
Heritage University will also be helping out with applications, and on September 25 people will be able to speak with lawyers at 5 p.m. at 3521 West Court Street.