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Charlotte crowd gathers to support young, undocumented immigrants facing deportation

Locals react to DACA announcement

Charlotte residents joined immigrants to the United States on Tuesday evening in a show of unity in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer
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Charlotte residents joined immigrants to the United States on Tuesday evening in a show of unity in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer

About 200 people gathered in Charlotte’s Marshall Park on Tuesday evening to support young, undocumented immigrants who were granted deferrals from deportation under a policy that President Donald Trump vows to end.

“We support DACA!” the crowd chanted repeatedly.

“We are here present showing that we are not fearful of this administration,” a woman addressing the crowd said. “By terminating the program, the Trump administration continues to reiterate their support of white supremacy, racial profiling and unjust deportation of immigrants to our city, our state and country.”

“Today is the time for your stories,” Mayor Jennifer Roberts said at the rally, before a man interrupted her by saying, “ We want action, not pretty words.”

“I am here to stand with you,” Roberts said. “Immigrants are an essential part of our future. Donald Trump was wrong.

At the rally, the crowd chanted, “Unafraid! Undocumented! Unafraid!”

Trump said Tuesday he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the Obama administration started in 2012.

North Carolina has the nation’s seventh-highest number of young, undocumented immigrants granted deferrals from deportation under the policy – 27,385, according to federal data.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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