Nevada Dreamers express concern over DACA announcement


The White House announced the end to DACA on Tuesday morning. It's an immigration program that temporarily protected undocumented children, known as Dreamers, that were brought to the United States.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Obama-era immigration policy that protects 800,000 Dreamers in the United States. These Dreamers are undocumented immigrants that were brought to the United States from countries like Mexico, South Korea, and the Philippines, as children. Many of them were raised as Americans and are now adults.

More than 13,000 of the Dreamers live in Nevada. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada is advocating for Dreamers. Organizers with the group said they were anticipating this decision from the Trump administration and are coming up with plans to help those affected.

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One Dreamer, Sergio Hernandez, spoke with News 3. His parents brought him to the United States at just 3 months old. He graduated from Canyon Springs High School and is now working two jobs to pay for his college tuition. He says he doesn't understand why he is being punished when it was not his decision to come here.

"It's not like I was able to tell my parents, 'no, don't bring me here at 3 months.' I was 3 months. We've contributed to this community just as much as citizens have, as residents have. We're not different than anybody else, we work, we go to school, we pay taxes," said Hernandez.

Like Hernandez, many Dreamers who have spent their entire lives in the United States are concerned about what’s going to happen next.

President Trump is giving Congress six months to figure out a solution.

An emergency DACA community forum will be held at the East Las Vegas Community Center at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night for those who have questions or just want more information.

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