SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – While some are still under the protection of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), many are falling out of status since it was rescinded by President Donald Trump last year.
Although lawmakers from Utah have voiced support for those under the program current recipients say things need to be done faster.
Around 40 people rallied on the Capitol steps to show support for DACA recipients and others in the immigrant community caught up in the current fight over immigration reform.
Several local Dreamers met with the Utah delegation and say although they’re encouraged, they worry it’s not happening fast enough.
“They see it as an issue, but not as their life. If you put yourself in my shoes if you see the urgency and all these young people losing their status,” said Ciriac Alvarez, Dreamer
Some lawmakers want help for DACA recipients tied to a larger bill for immigration reform. Those at the rally say immigration reform is a larger issue that could take time, but DACA is impacting people now.
“We’re not pawns in this we’re people. We’re young people who are trying to pursue their dreams without being pitted against the rest of our community,” said Alvarez.
Others worry nothing will happen because protections for Dreamers has been debated for more than a decade with no solution. Students worry the careers they’ve been training for could be in jeopardy.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to be able work at a hospital because I don’t know if DACA is still going to be in place by then or if the Dream Act will pass. It’s hard because you have to keep fighting even though you don’t know what the future is going to look like,” said Windy Coronado, Dreamer.
Supporters say they plan to keep pressure on lawmakers in DC to stick to their promises of finding a solution. For now, they’re also trying to help those locally who have fallen out of status and can no longer work.