The United States Attorney General made the announcement last week that the Trump Administration plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The program created by former President Barack Obama gives undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children permits to remain in the country legally to work or attend school.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger calls the announcement really disheartening and says she urges Americans to contact their elected officials, specifically North Carolina Republican Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, to voice their support of DACA and pieces of legislation aimed at helping those who enrolled in the program.
“Any citizen out there, please contact our senators and our US representatives, that would be very, very helpful if these bills move forward. Show them that you want to support this, give them your reasoning, encourage them to move forward on this. We need those voices raised,” said Hemminger.
North Carolina is one of the top 10 states in which DACA recipients reside, with 50,000 of the 800,000 living in the state.
“We want this to be real, we want our future to be brighter for so many,” said Hemminger.