Protesters rally in Reno as Trump Administration pulls plug on DACA
More than 100 people rallied outside the federal building to stand in solidarity with DREAMers in downtown Reno Tuesday morning.
This comes after President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
About 12,000 DREAMers could face deportation if Congress fails to come up with a new comprehensive immigration policy. The president is allowing Congress a six-month window to act.
"Six months is like a drop in the bucket in terms for Congress to do something that is comprehensive and effective," said immigration attorney Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales.
Multiple organizations are defending DACA, saying the program protects young undocumented immigrants who contribute to the economy. Some DREAMers joined the rally as their future is now in limbo.
"It feels like I have been in an abusive relationship for 17 years now," said DACA recipient Gustavo Velasco Jara. "This feels like the last push. It's the last thing that we do, to see where this is going."
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White House officials said anyone with a DACA permit will be able to renew their two year period of legal status until October 5.
If Congress fails to come with a fix, DREAMers could be at risk of deportation as early as March 2018.
The Washoe County School District released a statement in response to the White House's announcement, saying school trustees "[reaffirm their] commitment to support all students, regardless of their immigration status."