Dreamers Hold Protest Marches For Extension of DACA Across US

Hannah Rogers
March 7, 2018

The DACA program, which former President Barack Obama created through an executive order in 2012, grants work permits and offers protection from deportation to almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. In January, Steiman was arrested on a similar trip with United We Dream while protesting in the halls of Congress.

"People I know here they were too scared to come here just because it's outside an ICE building", said one DACA recipient and Sacramento State University student, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, Yahaira. Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, past year but gave Congress until March 5 to resurrect it. Tuesday was the deadline that President Trump set for the program to be expired.

KVUE spoke with Austin DACA recipient Valeria Serna, who not only fears she could lose her job, but also deportation. "And now I'm a professional working for an accounting firm in Omaha", Becerril said.

Dennis Corkery, a lawyer with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs representing the groups challenging the DACA rescission, said in an email to BuzzFeed News that they were considering several options, including an appeal.

"We are the standard bearers of liberty, justice and civil rights, and OR will remain a welcoming place for all that call our state home", she said.

Maria arrived to the US when she was 12 years old. "We have to think of those who died at sea and in the desert to get here", second-year linguistics major Karina Javier said.

While undocumented adults brought to this country as children remain in limbo as the courts and Congress debate their futures, lawmakers in OR are taking additional steps to protect crucial parts of their lives. However, a court ruling decided the administration can't enforce that deadline. But those protections for "Dreamers" will stay in effect because of a series of court rulings. "Unless there is the political will to push through something piecemeal, we will not see any movement on immigration issues".

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"We want something that is permanent to ensure all of us have something for us and our families", Solorzano said.

"Yet they left that deal on the table because dreamers and DACA recipients are a pawn to them", said McEnany, to which Fox News correspondent Jessica Tarlov disagreed.

DACA doesn't just affect students, however. She is among almost 800,000 DACA beneficiaries awarded temporary deportation relief and work permits under the program until the Trump Administration ended DACA last fall.

The rally came on what would have been the last day for DACA, the Obama-era program that has deferred deportation for as many as 800,000 young people since 2012.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put its review of Alsup's decision on fast track, but legal experts do not expect a decision until June at the earliest.

The lives of thousands of Oklahomans have been turned upside down since a September 5 announcement that the federal government was rescinding the DACA program, Rubio said.

"Let's pray for and petition our elected leaders to find a way forward from this totally avoidable crisis and for our churches as they care for our neighbors in this new stage of uncertainty".

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