PASO to Host DACA Community Meeting in Melrose Park, Sept. 8

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Demonstrators during the Sept. 5 protests in downtown Chicago against Trump’s decision to end DACA. | Paul Goyette 

The Sept. 5 decision by President Donald Trump to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) — a program enacted by the administration of former president Barack Obama that shielded nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation — has prompted demonstrations across the country.

On Sept. 5, many activists in the western suburbs joined thousands of protesters in downtown Chicago to voice their opposition to Trump’s decision. In particular, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, the Melrose Park-based immigrant rights nonprofit, has taken steps to fight Trump’s decision over the long haul.

According to CNN, the “Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday.”

In a Sept. 5 Facebook post, PASO officials described Trump’s decision as “another hit to immigrant communities across the nation.”

The meeting, they said, will allow residents to discuss what the end of DACA means for communities like Melrose Park.

The meeting will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at PASO offices, 3415 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park. To RSVP, click here. VFP

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