Members of Indivisible Bangor gathered outside of the federal building in Bangor Tuesday to protest the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA immigration policy that protects those who moved to the U.S. as children.
Bangor resident Melissa Berky said "We can choose to stand by and do nothing while a racist and bigoted white house forcibly deports almost a million immigrants who have had legal status, all of whom are deeply rooted in America."
The group asked that Maine's congressional delegation take action before the federal budget passes on Jan. 19 to create a Clean Dream Act in order to protect those who have lived their whole lives in the U.S. and provide them a path to citizenship.
Hampden resident Doug Poulin added "I think it's a question of whether or not we want a country that lives in the spirit of generosity, kindness and openness or if we want to live in a county that comes from a place of fear."
Indivisible Bangor holds a weekly Tuesday protest outside the federal building.