Charlotte Talks: What Does President Trump's DACA Decision Mean For NC DACA Recipients?

Sep 6, 2017

Thursday, September 7 2017

For "Dreamers," the dream may have ended.  This week, President Trump announced he’s ending the DACA program that shields about 800,000 young people from deportation, including more than 27,000 North Carolinians. What does this mean, and what's next for these residents and our lawmakers? Mike Collins and his guests discuss.

Jose Hernandez-Paris of the Latin American Coalition spoke at a press conference near the Charlotte office of Sen. Thom Tillis Tuesday.
Credit David Boraks / WFAE-FM

On Tuesday, the Trump Administration officially announced that it will end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program, ending the protection for about 800,000 people who entered the country illegally as children.

The protections will “wind down” by March of next year. As people on both sides react to the decision, lawmakers will begin the task of creating legislation to replace DACA by the time the program ends.

Here in North Carolina, here we are the state with the 7th highest number of DACA recipients, at roughly 27,000, so the impact could prove very significant.

Mike Collins and a panel of guests- including a DACA recipient- take a look at the announcement, what NC politicians had to say about it, and what’s next for lawmakers trying to create legislation.


Alan Gordon, Immigration Attorney

Greg Weeks, Political Scientist, UNC Charlotte 

Jose Hernandez-Paris, Executive Director of the Latin American Coalition

Madai Zamora, DACA recipient

Sam Page, Sheriff for Rockingham County