The future of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” or DACA program is now in the hands of congress, and tonight immigration attorneys in Green Bay will talk to locals about how the decision to rescind the program impacts them.
The program protects some undocumented immigrant youths from deportation, if they meet specific criteria.
An immigration briefing meeting will take place Wednesday night at Saint Willebrord’s Church in Green Bay.
The meeting will be hosted by Casa Alba Melanie, a non-profit organization that serves the Hispanic community in the Green Bay area, along with the Sesini Law Group, an immigration law firm based out of Milwaukee.
The event is open to anyone who wants to learn, or has questions about how the ending of DACA may affect them or their loved ones.
The DACA program has protected nearly 800,000 people from deportation, about 7,000 of those live here in Wisconsin.
The Obama-era program, which launched in 2012, provided legal status for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children.
The announcement of its end was met with protests across the country yesterday, including outside of Trump Tower in New York.
President Trump wants congress to come up with a new plan over the next six months, and says he will revisit the issue if new legislation is not passed in that time frame
Wednesday’s meeting will start at 6 p.m. at St. Willebrord’s Church at 209 South Adams Street in Green Bay and is open to the public.