Iowa immigration attorney: 'This seems very cruel, this seems heartless'
OTTUMWA, Iowa —
A Heartland legal clinic's phones are ringing off the hook since President Donald Trump has made clear, he wants to end DACA.
The Obama-era program, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has protected thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Ann Naffier, Managing Attorney with Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, provides free legal services to many of the so called 'dreamers' in Ottumwa.
She said their future is now in the hands of congress.
"This seems very cruel, this seems heartless, and president trump said that he was going to deal with DACA recipients with great heart and he has not done that,” Naffier said. “That said, congress still has a chance to make up for it."
If this move is finalized, Naffier said thousands of DACA recipients, some as young as 15 years old, could lose work, driving privileges and ultimately become deportable. She says don't panic, though, nothing is set in stone.
For now, her office is encouraging clients with expiring work permits to apply for a new one by Oct. 5.