Indiana faith leaders Tuesday denounced the Trump administration’s plans to rescind DACA, drawing a hundred people to an Indianapolis rally.
The news that DACA’s future hinges on a six-month window for Congress to act sparked feelings of tension, fear and uncertainty in the crowd, heard in speeches on the front lawn of St. Gabriel Catholic Church.
One audience member was Mauricio Garcia. The 16-year-old high school student is a DACA recipient and says he showed up to support his fellow Hispanics.
“Yeah, it has me stressed out. Like…we’re just waiting to see what really happens,” Garcia says.
About 100 here for a "Prayer for DACA" rally at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Indy. pic.twitter.com/V8ltcWPdjq
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Garcia says his plans are to keep getting good grades and focus on his goals.
IndyCAN, the multi-faith group that coordinated the event, calls the repeal of DACA “hate policy,” and hopes energy around the issue will continue into the 2018 election.
Similar rallies took place in other cities, including Columbus.