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Hundreds turn out to support DACA at Idaho rallies

Close to a thousand people attended a rally in support of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, at the Idaho state Capitol on Saturday, Setp. 9, 2017. (Facebook / Deanah Messenger)
Close to a thousand people attended a rally in support of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, at the Idaho state Capitol on Saturday, Setp. 9, 2017. (Facebook / Deanah Messenger)

Close to a thousand people rallied at the Idaho Capitol over the weekend in support of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has protected “dreamers” – those brought to the United States as small children by undocumented parents – from deportation, while allowing them to work, obtain driver’s licenses and attend school. President Trump last week announced that the program will end in six months unless Congress passes new legislation on it; 10 states, including Idaho, had threatened to sue the federal government if the program wasn’t terminated. It was started by an executive order from then-President Obama, a move the 10 states argued was illegal.

At the Saturday rally, young Idaho “dreamers” shared their stories; there are nearly 800,000 people nationwide registered with DACA, including more than 3,000 in Idaho. The Idaho Statesman has a full report here, including video from the rally; KTVB has coverage here.

Rallies also were held Saturday in Twin Falls and in Moscow.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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