Rock Hill prayer vigil Thursday for DACA immigrant children 'Dreamers'

Rock Hill prayer vigil Thursday for DACA immigrant children 'Dreamers'

On Tuesday, 34 House Republicans, including several members of the Republican Main Street Caucus, sent a letter urging Speaker Paul Ryan to put a permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year. "Myself and 1,700 DACA recipients in Congressman Ami Bera's district want to give back". "I have no interest in separating them from what is likely the only country they know".

Most Americans support DACA action.

Tania Ruiz, 24, is a Dreamer who came to this country when she was 5 years old with her mother, father and three sisters.

One of those students, Fatima Yesenia Diaz, 21, said she was brought to California at age 11.

An announcement for the vigil says people will pray for protection of those affected and for lawmakers to pass a bill that would protect the so-called "Dreamers" and their families.

"My hope for the future is for everyone to understand what we have been through", Ruiz said.

"Thousands of lives are already at risk and if Congress fails to act, many more dreamers - including more than 75,000 LGBTQ dreamers - will also be forced to face the real and risky threat of deportation", said Alejandro Avilés, HRC's Director of Outreach and Engagement.

DACA allows these undocumented immigrants to go to school, hold a work permit and get a driver license.

Unless Congress enacts legislation, immigrants will begin losing their DACA protection en masse starting in March, and would have to leave the US.

"We are always engaged in the community", ETSU professor and ally of dreamers, Mildred Maisonet said.

The Colcom Foundation presently provides generous donations to these organizations, and according to the Center for New Community's resource Who's Behind the Plot Against DACA, have since 2006, pumped more than $53 million into the anti-immigrant movement. IRLI's Kris Kobach has fretted that Latino immigrants could commit "ethnic cleansing", and CAPS President Ben Zuckerman recently advocated for "a prompt stabilization of the USA population". They had to be 30 or younger when the program was implemented in June 2012.

"Rep. Kinzinger and the others, ". write in support of passing of a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before the end of the year".

Rodriguez, whose dad came to the USA from Mexico when he was 20 to work in the fields, said "when I see the "Dreamers" I see myself, starting out full of hope and ready to take on the world".