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Hundreds rally on Capitol Hill to demand immigration reform

Photo via United We Dream Twitter

About 800,000 Dreamers are at risk of deportation.

Hundreds rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday to demand immigration reform.

The #DreamActNow protest brought together people of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities, to support the immigrant community and stand beside Dreamers—young immigrants who were raised in this country and protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until President Donald Trump terminated it in September. Protestors demanded Congress pass a clean DREAM Act that would create a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and provide a permanent solution for temporary protected status holders.

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Black and AAPI immigrants stand united for Dreamers and TPS ho…

WATCH NOW: Black and Asian American Pacific Islander immigrants are in D.C. today fighting for permanent protection for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. CREDO is proud to team up with our friends at UndocuBlack Network and NAKASEC to deliver more than 200,000 petition signatures to members of Congress demanding that they pass the #DreamActNow with no strings attached. #OurDream

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There are about 800,000 Dreamers in the U.S. who are at risk of deportation—the majority of which live in California and Texas and are between the ages of 21 and 25.

Some Dreamers have been posting their personal stories on social media with the number of days they have left until they lose their protection status.

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In addition to the protest Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, there have been several recent protests and walkouts nationwide for in support of Dreamers and immigration. A related online petition calling for Congress to restore DACA, expand eligibility and the age limit to 18 for DACA, and to protect all Dreamers from deportation, has gathered more than 175,600 signatures

Brianna Stone

Brianna Stone

Brianna Stone is a reporter and digital producer. Her work has been published by the Austin American-Statesman, the Daily Dot, and USA Today.