Nacogdoches residents held DACA rally to protect undocumented immigrants

Nacogdoches residents held DACA rally to protect undocumented immigrants
(Source: KTRE)
(Source: KTRE)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Dozens of East Texans rallied in response to the Trump Administration's plan to end DACA on Saturday.

The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program protects nearly 800,000 undocumented enrollees from deportation.

Many spoke out against the president's decision to rescind DACA.

"On Tuesday when we heard the news that DACA was canceled, it was a heartbreak for me. My husband was there with me. I was crying all day," said Alicia Fernandes, a protestor.

This was a chance to share personal experiences, where for some the announcement couldn't come at a worse time. Fernandes found out just three weeks ago some devastating health news.

"I was sick. They just found cancer on my stomach and I got DACA so that's why I was planning to go back to school, but I don't know what's going to happen," Fernandes said.

Some of the attendees are "dreamers" who will lose their protections under DACA, if the program is allowed to end without Congress passing a replacement.

"In 2012, my life kind of started when DACA came into effect, so my life was stopped from 2003 when I graduated high school and figured out there's nothing you can do until 2012 when DACA was implemented," said Nallely Mejia, another protestor.

People took turns for several hours sharing support for continued protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

The Trump administration said their reasoning to rescind was not an easy one.

"If we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the department of justice cannot defend this overreach," said Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States.

The news can leave many families in Deep East Texas worried about their future, potentially facing deportation and splitting many them apart.

"I don't know what's going to happen in six months, hopefully they do something," Fernandes said.

If Congress doesn't act in the upcoming months, the president said he will revisit the issue.

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