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Raleigh residents headed to Washington D.C. to ask for clean DREAM Act

More than 50 individuals from Raleigh will get on a bus tomorrow to Washington D.C. to fight for a clean DREAM Act with less risk for deportation of individuals in the immigrant community.

The Trump Administration announced Sept. 5 that it would end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from being deported.

In November, a further 2,500 immigrants from Nicaragua lost their Temporary Protected Status designation with a one year deadline to leave the country or readjust their immigrant status.

Organizations like El Pueblo and United We DREAM will travel Tuesday to Capitol Hill for a coordinated rally in support of a pathway to citizenship without concessions that put members of the immigrant community at risk.

They will gather first at noon outside El Pueblo on Crabtree Boulevard in Raleigh. Viviana Mateo, a youth council member at El Pueblo and DACA recipient, will join the group headed to D.C.

“I think it’s important to go to D.C. because it’s our last final big action that we can pull together before the end of the year,” the 18-year-old from Raleigh said. “We really want Congress to give us an answer, to give us a clean DREAM Act.”

Mateo said the rally being held so close to the holidays was no coincidence. It’s the time of year that most people are celebrating and spending time with their families, she said.

“People like us are mourning because we can’t have our families with us,” she added.

Mateo said the rally is more than just a protest; it’s a statement to show the tight bonds within immigrant communities.

“You’re showing that strong front in the community,” she said. “We won’t give up until we get what we want.”

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