MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The threat of being sent away from the only country some call home is a looming threat for hundreds of thousands of people who came to America as children.
The president wants to cut a federal program that protects immigrants, or “Dreamers” who came to the United States as children.
23-year-old Fatima Escobar joined hundreds of students and citizens outside Memphis City hall Monday evening.
They want to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The program protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Escobar moved to Memphis from El Salvador when she was just 10 years old, but fears her days living here could be numbered. “I graduated from college here, and I’m currently working,” Escobar said.
“What’s going to happen tomorrow or the next day? Am I going to be able to go into work to perform my task?”
Escobar is also a member of the Dreamers United which is a local group of high school and college DACA recipients.
The funeral vigil held outside City Hall was to symbolize what could happen to their freedom if DACA is cut.
“This is very important to me because if DACA gets taken away you know, what am I going to do?” Escobar said.
“I’m basically hopeless in all that I work for will be gone.”
Students worse signs that detailed their future goals and ambitions.
They dropped the signs and their diplomas in a casket.
“Symbolic for you know you’re killing our careers, you’re killing our dreams,” Dreamers United’s Aylin Rozino said.
“Most of these students that are here were here when they were children,” Latino Memphis’s Gina John said.
“When they were a month old to a year old or two years old. Sending them back to a country they don’t know doesn’t make any since.”
Students like Escobar said they will continue to live in limbo until a decision is made.
Currently the program protects more than 8,000 people in Tennessee and nearly 800,000 people in the United States are at risk of deportation if the program is cut.
Cox Media Group