By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 12/6/17
WEST CHESTER >> Each day that Congress delays acting on the Dream Act, approximately 122 people will lose their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection. On Tuesday, scores of students at West Chester University staged a rally to remind local lawmakers of the severity of the situation.
“We are here to put pressure on our elected officials to advocate for this,” said Norma Montesino organizer of the rally, one of dozens that were put on around the country by Organizing for Action volunteers and other grassroots activists in support of the Dream Act.
Montesino, a student at West Chester University, said 900 young people in U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s 6th Congressional District are eligible for DACA. Some estimates put the cost of DACA recipients being pushed from the workforce in Costello’s district at $23 million.
DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children to live, work, and study without fear of detention and deportation. When President Donald Trump terminated the program on Sept. 5, 2017, he gave the 154,000 DACA recipients whose protections were set to expire between then and March 5, 2018, just 30 days to submit costly and arduous renewal applications.
“This is a human issue,” Montesino said. “This is about human rights….”
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