ST. CLOUD -- Nearly 50 people gathered outside the Stearns County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon to protest President Trump cancelling the DACA program.

DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program that protects people brought into the United States illegally as children.

Thirteen-year-old Eliza Putnam came out the protest. She says sometimes, even if the situation doesn't directly affect you, it's your duty to take a stand.

"I have to be out here. It might not be me who is affected by these changes but someone out there is."

Many students are among the nearly 800,000 people who are protected under the DACA program. St. Cloud State University Professor, Rachel Wexelbaum says rescinding the program is going to hurt our students.

"DACA affects students at our university, not just our university but St. John's, St. Ben's and St. Cloud Technical and Community College. We need to save our students."

Trump has told Congress they have six months to figure out a solution for DACA.

This story was written with information from the Associated Press. 

(Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
(Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)

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