DACA Students Walk Out of Class to Demand Action from Congress

Los Angeles Harbor College student Brenda Soriano second from right and her mother Edilbertha Martinez left participate in a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals or DACA program in Los Angeles

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The protest comes after the revocation of DACA, a program that protected undocumented people who arrived to the US before they were 16 years old.

"Literally all they were doing was chanting, and they had a big poster that said, 'We demand a clean DREAM Act now.' So it was the most petty reason to get arrested, and it shows that the police force only serves in the interest of the state and not the people".

"It's been two months since DACA has been rescinded and we have no solution yet", Bruna Bouhid, communications manager for United We Dream, told the Washington Post. "Give Dreamers the opportunity they deserve in the only home they've ever known".

"We didn't lobby, we didn't do anything", Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) said in a statement. They said compromise is the better path to protecting DACA recipients, who should be dealt with compassionately and whose pending status should not become a "political football".

President Donald Trump announced in September he would end the DACA, which was spearheaded by former President Barack Obama's executive order and protected thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the USA illegally as children.

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Congress was then given six months to pass a new law to regulate the status of people who were brought into the United States illegally as children.

But protesters Thursday demanded a vote on a "clean" Dream Act - which would put into law numerous policies of DACA, along with a possible pathway to citizenship - and they want it by December 8, when the federal budget will be up for a critical vote. But critics, including Sessions, called DACA an example of executive overreach on a decision that should have been left to Congress. Viviana said while in the US she was aware that some Americans still thought that was her future, and there were times during high school she believed it. Viviana said she chose to change so that she could be a better role model for her younger sisters. My parents had high hopes and dreams for us and I grew up in Green Bay with dreams of becoming a police officer.

In Washington DC, the protesters marched from the Senate to the Capitol building, chanting "undocumented, unafraid".

On Wednesday, Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security was asked about DACA recipients during her confirmation hearing.

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