Advocates call for pardon for immigrants

Credit: U.S. Department of State / MGN

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS) – One of President-Elect Trump’s biggest campaign promises was over border security, with the candidate pledging to deport illegal immigrants.

People in Albany gathered to call on President Barack Obama to pardon as many as 800,000 people who are currently protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a 2012 executive order.

Supporters including Lawmakers, legal scholars, and immigrant advocates, don’t want those people who came here as children left without any legal protections when Obama leaves office.

“These are individuals that have gotten educated here, want to get jobs here, want to become tax-paying individuals, and productive members of society,” Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx) said. “These are people that we should be encouraged to come to this country or remain in this country. By and large, they’re Americans.  They were brought here, they never had their status resolved, but they are true Americans,”

Almost 50,000 of an estimated 250,000 eligible New Yorkers are enrolled in the program and another 500,000 are enrolled nationwide.

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