Local agencies brace for DACA decision

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Speculation continues to swirl about the expected announcement that President Donald Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order which protects undocumented immigrants from deportation if they were brought into the country as children and are now working or going to school.

Gloria Vazques Merrick, executive director of the Latino Center in Harrisburg, says a lot of people in Pennsylvania are taking advantage of the program.

“They are working hard and paying their taxes,” Merrick said. “They have drivers licenses and are paying their way through school.”

Some say there is a chance the President will put a six-month hold on getting rid of the program so that Congress can come up with a legislative alternative.

“We have to wait and see what happens on Tuesday,” Merrick said. “The worst case is that people will be deported. We hope that those already here will be grandfathered in and will be allowed to stay and not be bothered.”

Merrick says the President’s decision could impact more than 5,000 people in Pennsylvania.

Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s