SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, rallied across the country Wednesday. That included in Saratoga Springs, where people asked congress to pass the Dream Act.
“This is a local effort to support a national day,” said Terry Diggory, a member of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition.
At the corner of Broadway and Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, a group of about two dozen people urged Congress to act.
In September, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to end the program. That created uncertainty for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.
"Many of these people are probably the hardest working students that we might have in this country,” said Faye Mihuta, a Saratoga Springs resident.
The Dream Act would give legal status to those who arrived in the U.S. under the age of 18. With DACA set to expire in March, the clock is ticking for federal lawmakers to act.
"I’m confident that eventually [Congress] will hear the message that this is something that needs to be passed,” Diggory said.