South Bay Residents React to Supreme Court Blocking Immigration Plan

Jun 24, 2016 | ABC 7 NEWS

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --Santa Clara County has the third highest number of undocumented immigrants in the state and residents reacted to Thursday's Supreme Court decision on immigration.
A small group rallied in San Jose with a strong message.

"When we don't get DAPA, it's hurting our community, it's hurting our our morale, it's hurting our society," said Cesar Juarez, a community organizer.

Everyone here has a story of struggle, of perseverance, and of a desire for the American dream. A 22-year-old is holding a sign supporting DAPA. Her mother is at risk of being deported. The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program would have protected from being forced out of the country since her child was born in the U.S.

"There's a reason we're here. There's a reason we want a better life and if we get sent back to the nightmare that we came from, it's always a sense of fear and uncertainty that we hold," said Monica Cardena, a DAPA recipient.

In the meantime, in East San Jose at the Holy Trinity Church, People Acting in Community Together, or PACT, rushed to organize a forum, so members could understand the Supreme Court's decision, and the potential impact on the South Bay community.

Jorge Mendoza is a father of two and would have qualified for DAPA. Mendoza says after 22 years in this country, working hard, and waiting, he was sure it was going to be OK for his family and more importantly, for his daughters.

He and many others here insist, they will not be separated from their families even if it means living a life on the run.