COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Young immigrants are speaking out today, after President Trump announced he's letting congress decide the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. DACA has protected nearly 800,000 undocumented students from deportation.
Some of those students organized a peaceful protest at Acacia Park in Colorado Springs. Cinthia Maldonado attended that rally and joins us now from the park.
There are more than 17,000 DACA students that live in Colorado and I talked to two dreamers that spoke here at rally, the rally ended about twenty minutes ago.They told me the U.S is their only home and that they’ll continue to fight for human equality.
Monica and Janet are two out of the nearly thousand DREAMERS in El Paso County.
"America is all I’ve ever known," explains Monica.
Like many, they were brought by their parents to the U.S.
"I’ve lived here my whole life. I came here since I was four so going back to Mexico would be something new for me," explains Janet. She’s a DACA student.
"For me, I came here when I was three months old so I don't know anything my home country. It would be a stranger," adds Monica.
After receiving DACA both say their dreams grew bigger —hopeful for brighter future.
"That brought open doors for me, for college. For studying social work something that I really want to do and help others," says Janet who is currently attending college.
"This is our livelihoods on the lines. Our schools our jobs they’re on the line and it's really scary."
Going back to Mexico is simply not an option!
"Our only known home is America, I’ve never gone back. Like if I do go back, where would I start," questions Monica who grew up in Colorado Springs.
Their fears are echoed across the country—like many only hoping that congress helps all dreamers who once were protected under DACA.
Both say, DREAMERS are here to be successful, "Out of those DACA we are going to get doctors, lawyers, contributors to society who will benefit everybody."
"It’s really us who make a difference and our voices will not go unheard."
For now, these so called DREAMERS are hoping the next announcement isn't one that puts their dreams on a permanent hold.
It's important to remember that President Trump isn't phasing out DACA program, he's simply giving congress six months to save it.