Metro Detroiters protest Trump Administration's decision to end DACA

Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 19:19:25-04

The White House announced it was doing away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

It will be phased out over the next six months, leaving the fate of Dreamers in the hands of Congress.

Rallies supporting DACA have been taking place around the country and right here in our area.

Two rallies took place at Clark Park near Western High School in Detroit.

"The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The future of 800,000 DACA recipients are now up in the air.

DACA grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

But supporters are not backing down.

Several rallies are taking place across the country to protest President Trump's decision.

Many thought Trump would consider supporting the program..

Rally organizer David Sanchez explained, "When he did talk about the DREAM act he said that he was going to treat the young people with heart and compassion and obviously he's not. He didn't even have the courage to make the statement on his own today."

Michigan United hosted rallies today.

Around noon, protesters took to Congressman Dave Trott's Troy office.

"We are hoping that Republicans will come over and choose the right side and pass the Hope Act in Congress and pass the DREAM Act in Senate."

Right now, there are more than 6,400 DACA recipients living in Michigan now facing the possibility of leaving the only country they've ever known.

"They consider themselves American in every way shape and form and it's not right to put a target on their backs with getting rid of this program."