'Dreamers,' supporters rally in Murfreesboro for DACA deal
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- With the March 5th deadline fast approaching, DACA supporters are getting vocal, demanding lawmakers pass a deal.
Last month, Democrats forced a government shut down over what to do with illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Saturday morning, Midstate DACA recipients gathered in Murfreesboro to get their voices heard on the issue, in hopes of a resolution.
With chants and signs, the group gathered in the Murfreesboro square Saturday morning to send a clear message to lawmakers, demanding the passage of the Dream Act.
"We are fighting for the same cause, and we are here to stay, this is our home, this is our country," says Evelin Salgado, an immigration rights advocate.
Several advocacy groups from all over the midstate joined together, expressing concern for the 122 immigrant youth losing their DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, each and every day.
"I am a DACA recipient myself so it affects me, I have so many friends that didn't get an opportunity to get their DACA and I have others that are getting their DACA denied," says Lizbeth Luna.
Last year with his immigration ban, President Trump ended the Obama-era program, which protects kids brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents from being deported.
"You get worried because you never know what ICE wants to do from one day to the next, we never know if we're going to get pulled over and taken to jail," says Luna.
"I know we certainly don't need a wall, we certainly don't need more ICE agents to go after our parents, because they are not criminals, they made the choice to bring their children here in order to have a better life," says Salgado.
According to Fox News reports, The White House last week released an immigration plan offering a path to citizenship for nearly 1.8 million of the so-called "dreamers" in exchange for a $25 billion investment in border security, including a wall along the Mexico border.
With the future of the deal uncertain, this group is taking comfort in the number of people at rallies.
"It just makes me want to continue fighting, and the amount of support we are getting from a lot of allies is, I can't define how much that means to us, we're just going to continue to fight," says Salgado.
In a Tweet Thursday, President Trump put pressure on Democrats to accept his offer, saying if a deal is not reached by the March 5th deadline it will be their fault.