ISU students spread support of DACA bill

The state of Indiana has more than 9,000 DACA Dreamers.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 7:08 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The state of Indiana has more than 9,000 DACA Dreamers and some of those Dreamers are right here in Terre Haute.

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DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program that delays the deportation of young immigrants.

It was put in place by former President Barack Obama but President Trump may soon put an end to this program.

That's why students of the Hispanic Latino Alliance, HLA, at Indiana State University are helping support the DACA bill.

Sandy Monge is the president of the group, and she's leading the charge on helping local DACA Dreamers.

"As a citizen you have so many opportunities that you really take for granted," said Monge.

This week, the group participated in speaking with other students about getting involved. Members encouraged them to call their state legislators, because potentially thousands of Dreamers could lose everything.

That includes their work and residential status, and their education.

Monge says this affects more people than we realize.

"They can literally be anyone. They can be your best friends. They can be your students, classmates," said Monge.

Theresa Ortega is the co-advisor of the group. She's grateful for the effort that students put forth every day.

"It's really inspiring, you know, to see that they want to do something. They want to help. They want to talk to perfect strangers and say 'Hey here's the situation and here's how we see it and won't you help'," said Ortega.

More than 70 students learned more about DACA through HLA this week, and they called their legislators.

"That great support and great feedback is something heart warming I guess, and we know that we would be willing to do something more here in the future," said Monge.

Monge says she hopes the DACA Dreamers will continue to be positive as they all hope to make an impact.

"We're all in this together and we're gonna keep fighting for them, but just to stay positive and to keep studying. Don't let this affect them," said Monge.

The group will continue to encourage legislators. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the bill will go to the lower courts.

The deadline for the DACA decision is March 5.

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