"I think it's a big mistake"; President Trump's DACA decision sparks local protests
MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - President Trump's decision to end DACA, Obama-era protections for young undocumented workers, is sparking protests across the country.
In Dayton, more than a hundred people gathered outside Congressman Mike Turner's office in the hopes he will support new legislation to protect nearly 800,000 so-called "Dreamers".
The heated debate over immigration is turning a new page, as children take center stage.
“Removing the DACA program takes away all chances to live the American dream,” 15-year-old Wafaa Hamdi said.
Hamdi isn't a dreamer, but she shares the heartache.
“I don't know what we are going to do without our mother,” Hamdi said.
Her Englewood family is getting split up.
Hamdi's mother Fatiha Elgharib is facing deportation to Morocco, after over staying her visa to take care of her disabled son.
“We are all here to have a life, we're not here to do anything wrong,” Hamdi said.
Under President Trump, the U.S. is cracking down on immigrant families like hers. They’re increasing enforcement, pledging to build a wall and now ending DACA.
“I think it's a big mistake,” Immigration Lawyer David Larson said.
Larson said dreamers are coming to him concerned.
“A bigger worry than deportation is not being able to work, not being able to go to a public university, not being able to get a driver’s license,” Larson said.
So what happens next? Once DACA ends, dreamers could face deportation.
The next six months gives Congress the time to act and figure out how to move froward.
“Fix the system; don't hurt the people,” Protestor Alicia Pagan said.
That's why protestors chose Congressman Mike Turner's office for the rally. They want to send a message.
“Pick up your phone and call your congressman because they still work for us,” Pagan said.
Hamdi is still fighting for her mom to stay. She has less than a month to make a case to federal court.
While she waits, she hopes Congress can move quickly to protect families facing similar situations.
“We don't know what we did to deserve this, we don't,” Hamdi said.
This was the only local rally outside a politician's office following Trump’s decision.
FOX 45 called Congressman Turner's staff for a statement, so far they haven't responded to our request.