DANBURY— Local immigrants are joining thousands expected to gather in Washington, D.C. next week to show their support for a federal immigration program that has protected about 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation over the last five years.
On Aug. 15, Connecticut Students for a Dream, a statewide non-profit started by two local sisters, is sending two buses to the nation’s capital.
There, they will participate in a national day of action — rallying and marching outside of the White House to demand that President Donald Trump’s administration protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
A group of state attorneys general from across the country are pushing Trump to rescind the program that was created by the Obama administration. If Trump doesn’t phase out the program by Sept. 5, the attorneys general have said that they will sue.
“Aug. 15 marks the fifth anniversary of deferred action,” said Carolina Bortolleto, who co-founded Connecticut Students for a Dream with her sister, Camila. “At this point, it’s all hands on deck to save DACA.”
The sisters, of Brookfield, are both DACA recipients.
Carolina Bortolleto said the hope is to have about 80 people from across the state on the two buses — one departing from Danbury, with a stop in Norwalk, and the other leaving from Hartford, stopping in Bridgeport.
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…
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