Young Danbury immigrants gathering to support DACA program – Connecticut News

Young Danbury immigrants gathering to support DACA program – Connecticut News

DANBURY — Young local immigrants are holding a community meeting Thursday to show their support for the federal program that temporarily protects undocumented youth from deportation.

The push comes as a group of state attorneys general from across the country are pushing President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program or DACA, which was created by the Obama administration. If Trump doesn’t phase out the program by Sept. 5, the attorneys general have said, they will sue.

In response, CT Students for a Dream, which was co-founded by local sisters Carolina and Camila Bortolleto, has planned a series of community meetings across the state in support of DACA, which protects as many as 10,000 young people in Connecticut.

The first meeting drew about 30 people in Hartford on Monday. The next meeting is Wednesday in New Haven and the last is on Thursday in Danbury.

Danbury’s meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Ecuadorian Civic Center at 20 West St.

Many DACA participants arrived in the U.S. as small children. DACA, launched in 2012, protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally.

DACA permits must be renewed every two years. The protection can be revoked at any time, and some young immigrants have lost its protections after being arrested for crimes.

Alejandra, who asked that her real first and last name not be used, received DACA in 2012. She moved to the United States from Mexico when she was 3 years old. She now lives in Danbury.

“The program doesn’t hurt anybody,” she said. “If anything, it’s taking people who were in the shadows for a long time and allowing them to feel like normal…

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