Representatives of more than 60 business, religious, and other organizations are urging the Nebraska Congressional delegation to leave in place a program allowing the children of illegal immigrants to remain in the country.
Many believe the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, could be threatened by the incoming Trump Administration. The program provides legal status to children brought into the country illegally.
St. Paul United Methodist Church Senior Pastor David Lux says the country needs to welcome such youth, not threaten to expel them. Lux tells a rally in Lincoln the DACA program expresses what is great in the United States.
“And I want my country to be great,” Lux says. “This DACA program makes us greater, helping us to live up to our ideals.”
A DACA recipient, Alejandra Ayotitla, says the program has helped those like her who cannot remember living in any other country.
“My story is one of thousands,” Ayotitla says. “Our stories are unique, but at the same time, they’re united by perseverance, by hard work, and our desire to contribute our talents to the place we call home.”
Those signing a public letter to the Nebraska Congressional delegation say DACA youth have contributed greatly to Nebraska.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.