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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Candlelight Vigil for Immigrants Planned in Cleveland After Trump's DACA Decision

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 11:09 AM

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In the wake of the Trump administration's decision to ax the DACA program for immigrants in the U.S., several groups are organizing a candlelight vigil for 7 p.m. Thursday in Market Square (across from the West Side Market).

DACA recipients will speak publicly on the decision and how it will impact their families and their Northeast Ohio communities. Because of the sheer breadth of the DACA program, any conceivable termination will have sweeping economic effects. As the Columbus Dispatch's Darrel Rowland reported yesterday, "Ohio stands to lose more than $251.6M annually in state GDP if [the] state's estimated 3,865 DACA workers [are] removed from [the] workforce."

A young local teenager is also slated to speak about what it will mean to no longer have DACA as an option in the first place.

All are welcome at the vigil; the event is set to run until around 8:30 p.m.


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