Challenge for new immigrants as Congress works on a deal with DACA
Two groups in Syracuse are fighting to help undocumented immigrants in our area keep their jobs.
This after President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program back in September.
Under the plan, the president is no longer accepting new applications for legal status, but allowed any DACA recipient with a permit expiring before march 20-18 to apply for a 2-year renewal.
The DACA program has protected about 800-thousand undocumented immigrants from being deported.
Congress is working to pass a spending bill, but the ongoing fight over immigration threatens to derail the plan.
Democrats say they will not vote to keep the government open, without fixing the DACA program.
This room is filled with people who stand in solidarity with immigrants.
In the crowd groups like Workers' Center of CNY and New York Immigration Coalition. They are fighting to help people protected by DACA who are paying a practical price.
"When you lose DACA, you lose your social security number, driver’s license and your work permit," Fabiola Ortiz- Valdez, of New York Immigration Coalition, said.
Nikeeta Slade , a member of Workers' Center of CNY and a voice for the undocumented immigrant community, said there have been efforts here to show their anger over rescinding DACA.
They would like Washington to pass a clean dream act. That means no funding for a wall, deportations or targeted raid operations.
That's not the type of bill favored by the Trump administration and Congressional leadership.
"We've seen this really horrific, inhumane basically rounding up of immigrants in our community and that's what a concession looks like, it looks like people getting ripped away from their homes," Nikeeta Slade added.
The New York Immigration Coalition of Syracuse said no agreement on DACA makes undocumented immigrants fearful for their future. But, the uncertainty has also inspired dreamers to speak out.
"It speaks a lot about the strength of our communities, so we are not just fearful or just counting the days to be sent back to their home countries but they are fighting really actively," Ortiz-Valdez explained.
A community staying vocal and not backing down until Washington reaches an agreement on DACA that allows people who grew up in America to stay.