Local residents face uncertainty after President Trump decides to end DACA

Local Congressman says he has bi-partisan legislation to help Dreamers

FRESNO, California -
Local immigrants and city leaders mobilized Tuesday in response to the President's decision to remove and repeal former President Obama's Executive Order on DACA (Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals) put in place five years ago.

It's estimated more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants will be affected by the removal of DACA.

Xavier Vasquez is one of them. He came to the states when he was thirteen.

"It was scary for me but you got to do what you got to do," said Vasquez, Daca Recipient.

Five years ago Vasquez got DACA and became a productive person of society.

He gives legal advice to immigrants who need help, now Vasquez needs help of his own.

"DACA was protecting us now we are like anyone else. We're back to where we were five, six years ago.

Local city leaders rallied with Vasquez to stand in solidarity.

"I will continue to fight hard here locally and demand that our federal leaders do their job," said Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Councilwoman.

Other local leaders like the Leader of the Fresno County Republican Party stands with President Trump.

"All President Trump did is say we give it back to congress, congress do your job and we support that," said Fred Vanderhoof, President of Fresno County Republican Party.
 

Congressman Jim Costa says he co-sponsored a bill called the Bridge Act. He believes has bi-partisan support and could pass within the President's six month timeline.

"In essence it would provide a three year window to allow the 800,000 young adults to stay here legally until we fix our broken immigration system," said Costa.

Vasquez says he's going to continue to fight, as Congressman Costa works on getting the Bridge Act passed.

"I'm here to fight for my family, my friends and my community," said Vasquez.

United Farm Workers is holding a DACA workshop Wednesday morning at 9 am at their Fresno office.
 


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