Painesville DACA Recipients Drive to Washington as Trump Plans End to 'Dreamers' Program

click to enlarge Luis, Norma, Angeles - HOLA Ohio
Luis, Norma, Angeles

Dreamers from around the U.S. are converging on Washington, D.C., today to protest President Trump's impending termination of the DACA program.

DACA, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," is an Obama-administration executive action that allows immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors to receive both a renewable two-year deferment from any deportation action and the eligibility for a work permit. Those immigrants are referred to as Dreamers.

The general idea is that Trump's administration will announce this morning a six-month window to end the DACA program and replace it with legislation. This move was a cornerstone "promise" on the campaign trail last year. The DACA program currently affects some 800,000 people in the U.S.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted over the weekend that the president should instead convey to Dreamers that they are welcome in this country, sharing the story of a Dreamer working as a paramedic in Houston right now.

Painesville residents Luis, Norma and Angeles are among the country's DACA recipients; they joined a local delegation (and a group from Pittsburgh) and began heading toward D.C. last night. HOLA Ohio posted video of their stories.

"We're just going to go and show our support and tell him what it means to us to lose DACA or to keep DACA," Norma says in the video. "I was brought here when I was 10 years old. I'm currently attending college, and hoping to one day become an educator. My husband, too, he is also a DACA recipient, and we have two children. We own a house now, and it's devastating to even think about how we can lose everything. This is our country; we've been here since we were very young."