DACA allies express growing concerns amidst March 5th deadline
TOLEDO,OH (WNWO)-- For months Latino activists Will Bennett and Julia Hernandez have witnessed and experienced their friends and loved ones fears . They have also seen them taken away.
"Right now my uncle is getting deported, he has two kids in the US, but he's been here since he was 9 but he couldn't apply for DACA because he was too old," said University of Toledo student Julia Hernandez.
Last September, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Nearly five months later and still no plan,for people brought to the US as children, the concern is real.
"There's a fear as to whether they'll even be accepted in the country they'll be sent back into," said UT student Will Bennett.
The process to get citizenship can take several years and often costs thousands of dollars.
"You have to get lawyers , you have to pay for the application fee, there's no guarantee for acceptance once you apply," said Hernandez.
In exchange for their information, many recipients were eligible for a work permit.Now the fear is the same personal details they gave will be used to target them.
"We were brought here as children but now you're going to use all that against us to maybe arrest people and detain people," said Ammar Alo,an immigration attorney,
Some of his clients he says are now targets.
"Through the Obama administration, the people on the top of the list were convicted felons or people with criminal records, but now ICE is going after people with no criminal records whatsoever," said Alo.
On March 5th, the work permits for many DACA residents will expire.While that's a month away many are fearful that a plan will never come.