BANGOR – Tuesday, members of the Trump Administration argued in the Supreme Court to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Locally, not everyone is happy about it.
In 2012, the Obama Administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for some illegal immigrants brought into the country as children, granting them a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation.
However, President Trump has been fighting to terminate the program and not everyone agrees with his choice.
“Close to a million people’s status in this country is going to be thrown up into the air immediately, people who were raised in the United States, people who probably don’t even know anything about the country their parents came from. I think it’s going to cause a lot of political turmoil if it’s struck down,” said Joe Baldacci, the former chairperson of the Bangor City Council.
On Tuesday, Baldacci hosted a teleconference with other Maine officials, including clergy, health care officials and business leaders to discuss why they felt DACA needed to remain.
He said one of the biggest reasons is the economic impact DACA recipients have on the state and nation as a whole.
“The new immigrants generally want to do the same thing. Start businesses, raise families and contribute to American society and that makes us stronger, that makes us a better country. Daca is not only important for people receiving protection, it’s important for all of us,” said Baldacci.
He said not to expect the Supreme Court decision on DACA for months down the line but until then, he said every day matters.