DACA could affect those in Central Georgia

DACA impact in Central Ga.

MACON, GA.-- - The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is ending a program that has deferred deportations for nearly 800,000 people illegally brought to the United States as children.

Rallies and protests began around the U.S. after news that President Trump plans to end the 2012 DACA Program in six months.

Macon Immigration Lawyer, James Davis, says DACA started as a temporary program during the Obama administration.

"The DACA got a lot of people very positively into college and that type of thing but it just did not have any plan for what would happen after that point,” says Davis.

Now that the point is here Davis says it will mean some major changes if Congress cannot grant immigrants some sort of legal status.

"These people will not be able to enter university, will not be able to get jobs legally. They'll be working jobs where there's a little bit less check on their immigration status and that type of thing,” explained Davis.

That is what could happen to a South Carolina college student and Mexican immigrant, Jackie Mayorga, brought to the United States illegally by her parents at 3-years-old.

"I pledge allegiance just like any other kid I've grown up here and gone to school. I do everything everybody else does and it's just that I don't have this one piece of paper that says I'm a citizen of the U.S.,” said Mayorga.

She graduated college in 2016 and was applying to graduate school.

"I can't go to grad school without finding the means to pay for it so it just kind of puts my life on hold so I don't really know what's going to happen,” explains Mayorga.

She says she just wants one thing to have the same opportunities as the people she grew up with.            

"I just hope there's some time of legislation that's going to pass and will help us not only give us a work permit but give us a chance at a future here also,” says Mayorga.

Davis says Congress has until March 6, 2018 to decide on new legislation.

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