Long Island DACA recipients to head to DC to rally in front of Supreme Court
Some Long Island recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will go to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to rally in support of the program.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday from those in favor of DACA.
Yessica Trejo, of Farmingville, says she has lived in the U.S. for 17 years. She came to Long Island from Mexico with her mother and sister when she was 6 years old.
Trejo is going to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to rally in front of the Supreme Court and fight for DACA.
President Donald Trump is calling to end DACA, which allows children of immigrants in the country illegally to work and go to school in the U.S.
Supporters say revoking DACA would impact hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.
Bay Shore's Yasser Bentura came to the U.S. with his grandmother when he was 11 years old and is afraid of being deported.
Those opposed to DACA say former President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he enacted it with an executive action.
Many DACA recipients like Trejo and Bentura say not only do they want the program to continue, but they'd like to see something better than it so they can stay in the U.S. permanently.
"It's definitely not a pathway, living in fear like, 'Oh my God, they're not going to give it to me this year, what am I going to do?'" said Trejo.
Protections under DACA will remain in effect until the Supreme Court makes a decision, which is likely to come next year.
Recipients of DACA are still able to renew their status but new applicants are not able to enroll.