Residents speak out ahead of Trump's DACA decision

Residents speak out ahead of Trump's DACA decision
Residents speak out ahead of Trump's DACA decision
Posted at 6:23 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 14:30:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A federal immigration program could come to an end on Tuesday.

The White House is set to make an announcement that could impact nearly $800,000 undocumented immigrants.

The Trump Administration could do away with DACA which is short for "deferred action for childhood arrivals."

Juan Escalante posted a series of tweets last night, calling the possible end of DACA "terrifying," "dehumanizing" and mentally "exhausting." And for millions of young undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers," there's growing fear of deportation.

Check out this thread on Twitter:

DACA doesn't grant citizenship, but it does allow undocumented immigrants to continue to live, study and work in America.

Escalante says without some sort of legislation to protect him and others, the country will face extreme consequences.

Escalante says for many "dreamers," America has been their home and he encourages others to contact their local elected officials to defend DACA.

On the flip side, the Leon County Republican party says:

"This Administration has said from the beginning they would focus on  putting America first. The decision to end DACA is consistent with that goal. We need to focus on the needs of American citizens before we can focus on those who came here in less than legal means. The decision to change the Executive policy on DACA is also consistent with this Administration's unwinding of the overreach of President Obama via Executive Orders. The eventual decision of what should be done and what exceptions should be made to this group of people should be handled in Congress not the White House."