Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:08

Group calls on congress to pass legislation to protect DACA before the end of the year Featured

Written by 
Group calls on congress to pass legislation to protect DACA before the end of the year

BANGOR - Maine could soon be losing dozens of workers unless congress acts quickly on dreamer legislation. .

"Dreamers" is the name given to young undocumented immigrants who could be thrown out of the country as part of President Trumps plan to dismantle the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as "DACA."

 

Today, religious and community members and others called on congress to pass legislation to protect them before the end of the year.

 

Otherwise, some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children could be sent back to home nations they never knew.

 

PCHC vice president of human resources Megan Sanders said "This is something that matters to us a lot and certainly matters to other businesses and members of the business community in Bangor."

 

The group said there are approximately 100 dreamers in Maine who contribute millions to the states economy each year.

 

Unless congress takes action soon, those people will begin losing their right to work in the U.S. and could face deportation.

 

Congressman Bruce Poliquin is among 31 members of congress who sent a letter to the house speaker, stressing the need for legislation to protect DACA recipients.