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Carrboro approves resolution supporting DACA beneficiaries

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) supporters protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix shortly after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement on Sept. 5 that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will be suspended with a six-month delay.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) supporters protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix shortly after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement on Sept. 5 that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will be suspended with a six-month delay. AP

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen have weighed in on the Trump administration’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that former President Barack Obama started in 2012.

Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen passed a resolution asking the town manager to identify funds and funding partners to support El Centro Hispano in its work to assist Carrboro residents who are DACA beneficiaries.

The resolution reaffirmed the town’s support of immigrants. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided to certain immigrants who entered the United States before the age 16 a two-year renewable period of deferred action on deportation and eligibility to request employment.

The Trump administration ended DACA, which affected some 800,000 young people known as “Dreamers.” North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined other state’s attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the rescinding of DACA, saying that the administration’s rescinding the program violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

Under the new presidential order, the Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA and will only adjudicate DACA renewal requests received by Oct. 5, the resolution states. The filing fee is $495. The resolution cited that fee and the cost of legal representation as reasons for the resolution.

The resolution passed without opposition.

Residents who are affected by the changes to DACA should contact the town manager or El Centro Hispano for assistance.

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