Rally aims to stir up support for 'Dreamers'
The debate over Dreamers continues, and not just around the country, but in Central Nebraska, too.
People in Hastings rallied in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children on Sunday.
The "Stand with Dreamers Rally" in Hastings had its supporters chanting in hopes of their voices being heard all the way in Washington, D.C.
"There will be some people in positions of power–politicians that will see the group that we had here and to see that there is support for the people who are 'Dreamers in the DACA Program," Beverly Denman Marsh, who went to the rally, said.
DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, introduced by the Obama Administration, gives "Dreamers," or undocumented children brought to the U.S. by their parents, the opportunity to stay in the U.S.
Margaret Marsh said she put the rally together in response to the attorney general's call to put an end to DACA. She said immigrants are vital to Nebraska’s economy.
"We need people who want to be in Nebraska and their helping to support our economy. If they leave, thousands of dollars are going to leave the state," Marsh said.
Attorney General Doug Peterson gave a statement on the matter:
"I support the students' freedom to express their opinions on this important topic. If a permanent answer is to occur, it should happen through the legislative process as the Constitution provides."
Brian Whitecalf, a local activist, said he wants to keep America safe, but he doesn't feel certain groups of people should have to be targeted or singled out in the process.
"A lot of folks who came to this country looking for opportunity and their parents brought them and they wanted a better life. They wanted something more prosperous–to get out of poverty. Some of those countries are rampant with drugs, and violence, and war, and America is safer for them," Whitecalf said.
Last month, Doug Peterson along with nine other attorney generals wrote a letter to the trump administration asking to withdraw the DACA Program.
This came after the administration rescinded a similar program for parents of "Dreamers" known as DAPA.
The department of homeland security said the DACA Policy covering "Dreamers" is still in effect.