Local 'Dreamers' fear upcoming DACA announcement
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
President Trump is expected to make a decision Tuesday that could change the lives of nearly a million people living in America.
According to sources cited in reports by The Associated Press, Reuters and Politico published Sunday, the President is reportedly getting rid of the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Local15's Nicole Fierro spoke with a local beneficiary who would be immediately impacted by the decision.
"It's a very tough subject we are going to deal with DACA with heart," President Trump previously said.
It's the decision weighing heavy on the heart of Giovanni Vidana, a “dreamer” who has called Baldwin county home since he was six years old.
Born in Mexico, but raised locally, Vidana is on paper an undocumented immigrant.
However, five years ago the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals program gave him a chance to fully fit in.
"I got the option to go to school I could legally work I had my driver’s license I felt great and it just gave me hope for the future," Vidana said.
Vidana is set to renew his DACA paperwork next week, but if the president announces an end to the this program the plan would have DACA repealed in six months, according to Reuters.
"I just hope to God that congress or people come together and reach out to President Trump because I don't think that's right," said Vidana.
Two sources familiar with Trump’s plan say he hopes to give congress six months to legislate a formal replacement for DACA.
"The president's priorities on immigration are to create a system that encourages legal immigration and benefits our economy and American workers,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary.
"This is a complicated issue and something I'm sure that the president will consider carefully as it relates to the economic impact," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Regardless of Tuesday's announcement, Vidana says he won't let the program's uncertainty get in the way of his dreams.
"Even if things did change I'd put up a fight,” Vidana said, adding “I'd go to rallies and I know I'd have a ton of friends and family who would probably be there with me."