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Local reaction to DACA decision

September 05, 2017 11:41 PM

ALBANY - It began as a rally in Albany's Wallenberg park.

Organized by Cosecha Upstate New York volunteers and other 'dreamers' fighting for the protection and respect of immigrants.

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"when I was 12 my father was deported," Guillermo Maciel said, Cosecha volunteer.

A son to undocumented Mexican parents, Maciel says he grew up fearing deportation at any moment. 

His fears now a terrifying reality as a protection created by former President Obama threatens to be rescinded by President Trump unless Congress can find a legislative solution.

"For a new administration to take that away is more than a slap in the face. It's a betrayal," Maciel said.

"They're a part of the fabric, it makes no sense as to why they would be deported," Libby Zucker said.

Zucker, a Cuban immigrant came to America when she was five years old.

"What's going on is immoral and unethical and needs to be stopped and as long as we're quiet nothing is going to happen. We need to come out and say this is not what America is about," Zucker added.

The crowd used their voices to fight back and even their bodies to temporarily block Orange & North Pearl Streets. 

"Their cause is everybody's cause I just wish it didn't block traffic that's all, I'm not mad at them," Whitney Reed said.

Many honked in support while others were forced to begrudgingly circle the street to access the I-787 on-ramp. 

The inconvenience a small price, Maciel says if it raises a little more awareness and more importantly, action.

"If Congress doesn't respond that every single person who has the privilege and liberty to vote will take that message to the ballot box," Maciel said.

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Karen Tararache

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