Santa Maria residents weigh in on DACA decision

Central Coast residents weigh in...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - People in Santa Maria are weighing in on the decision made by the Trump Administration to end DACA. 

Despite the Trump Administration putting an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, DACA student Elide Herrera said she’s not giving up.

She said her dreams of staying in the United States and raising her 4-year-old daughter are more important now than ever before.

"We learned to be a part of this country, we like to be a part of this country and contribute to this country,” Herrera said. 

She said her parents left Mexico when she was 13 years old in search of a better life. Santa Maria is where she calls home.

"We are somewhat scared obviously because we don’t know what they’ll do with our information later on,” said Herrera. 

The announcement ends what the Obama administration put into place in 2012 protecting undocumented immigrants who came to the country as kids.

"It’s the moment for us to push Congress to do something to pass a bill,” said Herrera. 

President Trump is asking Congress over the next six months to come up with a plan; one that affects 800,000 people under DACA.

"It’s nothing to do with race and color all it has to do with is the law of the land and the law says you have to come here legally,” said Stephen Neil.

Neil came to the U.S. in 1982. He calls the executive order implemented during the Obama administration as “unconstitutional.”

"Kids that were brought here didn’t have a choice in it but, the parents knew what they were doing,” Neil said. 

Herrera said she doesn’t want to have to raise her daughter in the same country she ran away from. She’ll keep working toward earning her college diploma.

"I think it’s time to fight back in a peaceful way obviously, and demand human rights,” said Herrera. 

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