DACA rally to be held in Saratoga Springs Wednesday
SARATOGA SPRINGS (WRGB) - Immigrant-rights advocates will hold a rally in Saratoga Springs Wednesday night, to urge congress to pass the Dream Act.
The rally starts at 5:00 p.m. outside of the Saratoga Springs Post Office on the corner of Broadway and Church street.
The local vigil is part of a nation-wide mobilization to push congress to pass the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to people under the age of 18 who came to the United States.
These rallys come after President Trump announced in September he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that President Obama created.
More than 800,000 program recipients were affected by the termination. The National Immigration Law Center estimates more than 2 million immigrant youth and young adults would benefit from passing the Dream Act currently before Congress.
The rally on Wednesday also urges continuation of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people who have come to the U.S. from countries that became unsafe due to armed conflict or environmental disasters.
Organizers for the vigil in Saratoga Springs say they want to show support for their immigrant neighbors, and raise awareness about the need for action.