Menasha man expresses concern over DACA decision

Neenah, Wis. (WBAY)- After announcing Tuesday he's phasing out the program protecting young immigrants, President Trump is now vowing to revisit the program if Congress doesn't act.

"I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it property, and I can tell you in speaking to members of Congress, they want to be able to do something and do it right," said the President.

The President in that statement announced he's ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

It's a program that protects immigrants brought into the US illegally as children. The President is giving Congress six months to come up with an alternative before ending it completely.

However, on Twitter the President is promising to revisit the issue if Congress doesn't.


In Wisconsin, a number of people protected under DACA are expressing concern about their own future in the US.

This includes a Menasha man who now considers the Fox Valley his home.

At the age of 26--Ric Lopez-Piza has been living in Wisconsin for more than a decade and he now holds a full time job---thanks to a permit provided under DACA.

Lopez-Piza who lives in Menasha said, "I'm very grateful. Grateful enough that I get to work you know. It's like one of the only ways I'm allowed to work you know. I can't participate in going to school because I don't get any grants but hey, I'm able to work and provide for myself so I'm happy with that."

Lopez-Piza is one of about a hundred clients at a Neenah law firm, who are a part of DACA, and now have questions.

Attorneys have been taking phone calls all day from people fearing they might lose their jobs, or even be deported.

"Right now we try to appease their minds a little bit," said Immigration Attorney Amaro Lopez. "We do want to tell them that there's a six month process and that members of Congress both in the House and the Senate have stated that they want to address this issue and fix it."

While some have been protesting the President's decision on DACA which included a rally in Appleton Monday night.

Others like Lopez-Piza, say they don't see the point.

"I'm not really to be one out there protesting, you know it's like I personally feel it's like, like I said, I feel it's out of my hands. You know I'm just going to whatever opportunities come up that I can take that will allow me to become a member of the United States I'm going to take," said Lopez-Piza.