Protestors held signs that read "stand up for DACA"
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State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Penn State Law Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and campus Pastor Ben Wideman urged support on Wednesday for a DREAM act to secure the future for recipients of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The group asked Congressman Glenn Thompson to take action through a conference call with the media.

Mayor Goreham urged Thompson to pass a DREAM act by the end of the year.

Angie Kim spoke from podium
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Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic hosted an information session on Wednesday to discuss the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Two guest speakers shared their stories of being undocumented immigrants.

About 40 people attended the info session, where the Clinic gave out facts about DACA and the DREAM act.

Speakers included Angie Kim, a community organizer based in New York and a DACA recipient.

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About a hundred protestors gathered at Penn State’s Old Main on Friday to show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The demonstrators urged the community to tell their elected officials to take a stand.

Chanting “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” the protest marched from the Old Main lawn to the Allen Street gate downtown.

Shoba Wadhia is the director of Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She spoke to the protestors about common misunderstandings surrounding the administration’s decision to end DACA.

Protestors outside Thompson's office
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About 20 protestors rallied outside Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office in Bellefonte on Wednesday to defend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Protestors demanded the congressman help pass legislation to protect DACA recipients who came to U.S. illegally as children and now face possible deportation.

Thompson wasn’t in his Bellefonte office, but protestors registered their concerns and requests by meeting with Thompson’s staff and through making phone calls. 

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