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Sacramento Rallies To Support DACA Program For Undocumented Minors

Bob Moffit / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg speaks at a rally supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, Aug. 29, 2017.

Bob Moffit / Capital Public Radio

Students, Sacramento school leaders and elected officials rallied at City Hall Tuesday to support a program that prevents undocumented children from being deported.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

"On behalf of our 13,000 'Dreamers' and our great Sacramento community, we ask you to uplift, not tear down. Protect DACA," Steinberg told the crowd.

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen spoke about the students on campus who are covered by the DACA program.

"They are wonderful, they are brilliant and they are the leaders," Nelsen  said. "President Trump needs to learn to lead with his heart."

New Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said President Trump’s decision will have no bearing on how SPD officers do their jobs.

“It doesn’t change anything that we do," Hahn said. "I mean, our responsibility is to our community and enforce state and local regulations and a big part of that is maintaining trust.”

Attorneys General from 10 states have threatened to sue the federal government to end DACA. The president has not said whether he supports the program.

Nearly 800,000 children who were 16 or younger before they entered the country illegally were given special status under the DACA program in 2012.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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