Activists gather in Portland to support ‘Dreamers’
by WGMEThursday, February 22nd 2018
PORTLAND (WGME) – Dozens of immigration activists gathered in Congress Square Thursday.
They want protections for so-called “Dreamers.”
They’re hoping to send a message of encouragement to Senator Susan Collins, who was attending an event across the street, and they’re urging Maine’s congressional delegation to help Dreamers before it’s too late.
Those in attendance say the time to enact legislative protections that would afford Dreamers a path to citizenship is now.
The DACA program was implemented under President Obama, and allowed people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to live here without fear of deportation.
The program was terminated on September of 2017 under President Trump and is set to expire March 5 unless President Trump renews it, or Congress passes legislation giving “Dreamers” a path to citizenship.
Those in Portland say they fear for the people of Maine who will be affected.
People here say they’re confident a bipartisan agreement can be made so that those living in Maine and across the country can continue to live the American dream.