DACAmentados encouraged by the support of the community require Congress to act

The angelic students took to the streets on Tuesday to support the Dreamers / photo: Aurelia Ventura.

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Seeing the strong support of students and the community for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to remain, the beneficiaries of this program felt very encouraged to continue fighting, and require Congress to put themselves to Work on a permanent immigration solution.

"I feel very proud of them because they are people who have citizenship, and when they turn 18 they will vote outside Trump. This generation is younger than us DACA ”, says Diana Escamilla, beneficiary of DACA.

Diana Escamilla, beneficiary of DACA. (Araceli Martínez / The Opinion).

She came at two and a half years to the US; And he's 26 years old.

"What worries me that they eliminate DACA, is not how we are going to live because we can get by anyway, but the government has our personal information," he says.

Diana urges senators and congressmen to develop a plan to protect all young DACA.

"We also have the American Dream and Promise Act bill – which would provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants and the beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status – that we need to pass it as soon as possible," he says.

Soila Rodriguez, beneficiary of DACA. (Araceli Martínez / The Opinion).

Soila Rodriguez who came to the United States at age seven and since 2012 has DACA, says that feeling the support of high school youth was a very powerful moment.

“I am proud that they are marching for us because DACA is a program that has benefited many. I hope they will continue fighting not only for DACA but for immigration reform, ”he says.

Soila says that although he was born in Puebla, Los Angeles is your home where you have made your life and where you don't want to go.

Katia García also confessed to feeling very excited to see the high school boys go out to show solidarity with the DACAmentados.

“I am going through a mountain of emotions. Happy to see the support, but nervous because it was heard that the Supreme Court will not pass the DACA, but whatever it is, we will continue to fight, ”he says.

Katia García, beneficiary of DACA. (Araceli Martínez / The Opinion)

Katia is 28 years old and came to the US at age 11.

“Our future went out today for us, the DACA. That gives me a lot of strength and inspire me. I feel that our future is going to be much better, and they are teaching us that they are aware, ”he says.

Joseph Villela, a CHIRLA lobbyist, argues that any decision made by the Supreme Court will affect the lives of 700,000 people who work and have bought houses and cars. "If they eliminate it, it will put them in the shadows and in danger of deportation," he says.

And remember that DACA was the result of the inaction of Congress when they could not approve the Dream Act. "Congress now has to take a permanent and immediate solution for the DACA and 11 million undocumented immigrants."


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