DACA supporters rally in Abilene
ABILENE, Texas - DACA supporters rallied in front of Congressman Jodey Arrington's office on Friday.
Students from Abilene Christian University joined others to gather with signs showing support towards undocumented youth. Three different groups from the school showed up for the event, even though they didn't know each other.
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On Tuesday, September 5th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was announced that the DACA program would end in six months. The 2012 Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals program is no longer accepting new applications. This means that the future of 800,000 young immigrants is in the hands of congress.
Abilene residents in favor of DACA rallied to show Arrington why this issue matters to them.
"Young dreamers are people who you would view as ideal. They speak English, who grew up here. You have to be in school. You can't commit crimes," ACU student Jenna Bonner said at the rally. "These are children who came here at a young age and came here to be with their families and have a better life."
Bonner held a stack of informational packets about the program and what it means.
The rally's organizer, Jesse Gutierrez, said these young undocumented people call the U.S. their home.
"They are already established here," Gutierrez said. "They work here. They go to school here. They pay taxes. The only difference between them and us is their immigration status."
Bonner said these so-called "Dreamers" are an important part of our society.
"As an American who cares," Bonner said. "I believe that this makes society better when we allow everyone to be a part of it."
President Donald Trump said it's up to Congress to come up with an immigration solution. Arrington released a statement on Tuesday regarding the end of DACA.
"President Obama took unconstitutional action by unilaterally bypassing existing federal immigration laws with the creation of DACA," Arrington wrote in his statement. "In our Democracy, only Congress may create laws and the executive branch is charged with enforcing them, irrespective of politics and personal opinions. No one - not even the President himself - is above the Constitution."