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UNCW hosts forum on DACA decision

UNCW's Centro Hispano will hold a forum Thursday. (Source: WECT) UNCW's Centro Hispano will hold a forum Thursday. (Source: WECT)
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UNCW's Centro Hispano hosted a forum about President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The forum was designed to be a night of conversation and support for students potentially affected by the decision. 

The DACA program has granted legal status to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.

Antonio Puente is the president of the American Psychological Association, and said he hoped to answer the many questions students had after the decision.

"What's the future of my life in this country? I thought this was a welcoming country and then of course the implications of economic, mental health, and physical health this has long term effects for many of them."

Edelmira Segovia, director of UNCW's Centro Hispano said she wanted to make it clear that the office would lend its support to students who needed it.

"This is a huge added stress on the students in the DACA program. Not just them being affected themselves, but also their families, their colleagues and classmates, us as supporters and administrators of their education."

Chancellor Zito Sartarelli issued a statement Wednesday that said the DACA legislation has helped the university.

"We continue to stand for inclusion and respect on our campus, and we will not tolerate discrimination in the wake of the DACA announcement or at any other time," Sartarelli said. 

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