Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies respond to DACA protection threat

On Thursday the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to end protections for immigrants brought to the US as children. It's a program know as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. News 18's Marvin Bills spoke with local DACA recipients who say the supreme courts decision is a positive step towards the future.

Posted: Jun 19, 2020 4:10 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"I thought it was more of the same, attacking immigrants and trying to prevent people from reaching their full potential," said Monica Casanova. 

Vice President for Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies Monica Casanova said getting rid of DACA would mean throwing away the futures of people who grew up in this country.

"They contribute to this country and our communities and we need to recognize that," said Casanova.

DACA recipients aren't just chosen overnight, there's a process.

"Even to qualify for DACA it's a pretty stringent process," said Casanova. "You have to do well in school, you have to have a job, you can't have bad grades, you can't have a criminal record."

Casanova said there are more than 600,000 DACA recipients in the country. There are many that reside in Tippecanoe County, one being Viviana Carrillo-Serrano. She's currently a teacher's aid at Glennwood Elementary School.

"For myself and other DACA recipients to continuously be able to work in the US," said Carrillo-Serrano. "Being protected and not having the fear of being deported, we arrived here as young even infants and the US is pretty much all we know."

Carrillo-Serrano said it's a scary thought knowing that you could be deported when many DACA recipients just want to create a better life for themselves and their family.

"We are here just as any American and we'll keep on fighting and we are trying to get an education, a job and a future to just make it better for us," said Carrillo-Serrano.

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