Advocates rally on Idaho Statehouse steps in support of DACA

Posted at 5:15 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 19:18:08-04

More than one hundred people gathered on the Capitol steps in Boise Tuesday to defend and support DACA on its fifth anniversary.

DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a deportation relief and work permission program. DACA began accepting applications in 2012 under the Obama administration.

"Today's peaceful protest rally here at the State Capitol is a message of hope and opportunity for DACA students," ACLU of Idaho Executive Director Leo Morales said.

Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter and 10 state attorneys general, including Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, have signed a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to phase out the DACA program.

Since 2012, the DACA program has granted protections to 788,000 "Dreamers" -- undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children.