UNCW professor talks uncertainty on DACA debate as shutdown looms

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people face deportation if Congress does not approve funding to continue the DACA program.

The deferred action for childhood arrivals program known as DACA protects more than 600,000 people who came to the U.S. as children of undocumented immigrants and are also undocumented.

UNCW Psychology professor Antonio Puente issued an op-ed to the USA Today on how the delayed decision of the program is causing anxiety for so called “dreamers”.

“People are very, very worried,” Puente said. “Every day they worry and I going to have to be shipped and if you simply kick something down the road something that needs to be attended to it causes a lot of concern and angst.”

If the program is discontinued thousands of people could face deportations starting around March of 2018 according to Puente.

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