Atlanta Board of Education member Steven Lee is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider ending a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants.
Lee plans to hold a 1 p.m. news conference Tuesday to address his concerns. He also invited the public to voice their opinions at a 6 p.m. school board meeting. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
Lee, who is now running for a seat on the Fulton County Board of Commission, expressed his dismay at the president’s decision. He released a letter he wrote to Trump in which he cited the 25,000 people in Georgia who have been approved for the program.
“...(W)e must address actions like the president’s attack on DACA because it impacts the very lives of the families we have a legal and moral obligation to help and educate.” Lee said, in a separate written statement issued Tuesday. “I for one will not stand by and sit quiet while thousands of innocent children and parents are negatively impacted by the whims of our nation’s highest officials, who appear to be trying to appease ‘their base’ instead of helping uplift our people and really make America great again.”
DACA allows illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to get temporary work permits and to avoid deportation.
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