Del. officials: End of DACA could impact economy

Tuesday, the Trump Administration decided to end a federal program that shields thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The program is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA.

This program was started back in 2012 under the Obama Administration and allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the states by their parents, to pursue careers and study in schools and universities across the United States

Here on Delmarva, Delaware State University is feeling the pressure of that decision.

Alondra Dueñas, a sophomore at DSU,  is one of 75 students at the school  that are DACA recipients. Dueñas was born in Mexico and was brought to the U.S. at the age of 5. However after Tueday's decision, her degree and stay in the U.S. could be in jeopardy.

"DACA is our lifeline, this is our security. My permit expires in 2019, so pretty much I don't know what I'm going to do," says Dueñas.

Which is why officials like Senator Carper stopped by DSU to reassure Dreamers (DACA recipients) that Congress will work to save this program, or put something in place to keep them here.

Senator Carper says DACA recipients play an important role in the country's workforce and economy.

"We need you, and the folks who are graduating from here, to bring their skills to the workforce and make our state successful,  and our country successful," says Sen. Carper.

However Dreamers are concerned that Congress may not reach an agreement by the time their permits needs to be renewed, opening up the possibility of being sent back to their native country  where some don't feel safe. 

"It's not safe, my grandpa has threatened by some of the drug cartels out there, so it's not safe.  I don't want to live in that environment. This is our home," says Dueñas.

The Trump administration will continue to renew permits for those who status expires in the next six months, giving Congress some time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work or study.

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