PITTSBURG — On Friday — during a march and rally — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries will share stories about how the program impacted their lives.
The event will be at 6 p.m. starting at the Pittsburg Farmers' Market Pavilion and ending at Immigrant Park.
Event Organizer Cynthia Hernandez said the march is to inform and not to protest.
“This is a peaceful march, not a protest — we are not fighting anything,” she said. “This is to inform people and get support from the community.”
Hernandez said the event will let people know how they can support DACA beneficiaries.
She said many people in the Pittsburg community benefit from the DACA program.
“A lot of us have been here our entire life,” Hernandez said. “Some of us have only lived in Pittsburg — this is the place we call home.”
Hernandez said some people are uncertain of their future here in the U.S. — some worry about being with their families, she said.
Hernandez herself has been in the United States since she was two and has benefited from DACA. She has never returned to Mexico.
“I’m proud of my roots, but this is my home — Pittsburg is where I am from,” she said.
Because of the DACA program she was able to get a job and own a home and car. She said her life would be turned upside down if she could not longer support her family.
DACA is administrative relief from deportation with the purpose to protect immigrant youths who came to the U.S. as children. The program also provides a work permit, which expires after two years and is renewable.
Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he has “no second thoughts” after he announced to end the DACA program on Tuesday. Trump is leaving it up to Congress, giving them six months to come up with a legislative fix.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.