Immigration advocate believes DACA recipients should remain where they are

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - An advocate for immigrants believes children brought to the US illegally should be allowed to stay. The Trump Administration announced Tuesday it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Also known as DACA, or the Dreamers program, it was approved by President Obama. This allowed some immigrants to remain in the US even though they are here illegally. Some were brought here by their parents when they were young kids.

Rich Lopez says possible deportation is wrong and not realistic.

"The majority of them do not have contingency plans. They are American citizens. Not by birth, but they've been here forever and there is nowhere for them to go,” said Lopez.

He also adds that he's received phone calls from many who are worried. He says about 2,500 dreamers live in our area.