Local 'Dreamers' prepare for dismantling of DACA
An expected announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump on the DACA program could have lasting impacts on so-called “Dreamers” in Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An expected announcement on Tuesday by President Donald Trump on the DACA program could have lasting impacts on so-called “Dreamers” in Louisville.
Trump is expected to announce the end of protections for child immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally. However, Associated Press sources said that he will allow six months for Congress to act if it so chooses.
“It's a very, very tough subject,” Trump said. “We're going to deal with DACA with heart.”
Meanwhile, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the city has somewhere around 5,000 Dreamers currently living in the city.
“I just can’t imagine that the United States of America would go back on a promise we made,” Fischer recently said on his podcast.
DACA was first put into place under then President Barack Obama in 2012 by way of executive order.
“I think a lot of our families are fearful, not just what will happen, not just with deportations but how they are viewed in the community,” said Dustin Bishop, Executive Director of Adelante, a non-profit aimed at providing educational resources to Latino students in Louisville.
In June, Attorney Generals from 10 different states threatened the Trump administration with lawsuits if a decision to dismantle DACA was not made by September 5th.
“The president's views on immigration are to create a system that benefits our economy and benefits American workers,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It’s unclear how Congress might act.
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