Religious leaders: deporting DACA recipients goes against religious teachings

David Domingue (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Some of Macon's religious leaders led a discussion about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at Mercer University Tuesday evening.

They each stressed the importance of helping people in need and said that deporting dreamers goes against religious teachings.

DACA recipient Uche Onungwn said, "It's people from all over the world. That program has actually come and helped and with DACA it is mostly kids who came here from a young age so they don't know much about their homeland, it is still their home but they don't know much about living there."

Any change in policy could affect approximately 800,000 people nationwide and nearly 25,000 in Georgia alone.

David Schaefer, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Latin American Association, said, "It's extremely important to have this meeting tonight because as you know there's a lot of immigration debate going on in the US Senate this week, and we expect there to be more debate around those issues in the House of Representatives next week."

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