LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Hundreds of people rallied Wednesday for young, undocumented immigrants. Demonstrators called on federal lawmakers to extend DACA or pass what they call a “Clean Dream Act,” which would provide a path to citizenship.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, let’s hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought here as kids, to temporarily live and work in the U.S. Work permits under the Obama-era program are due to expire in March.
Immigrant-rights groups say 13,000 dreamers, as they’re called, live here in Nevada.
Aranza Marmolejo is a first-year pre-nursing student at Nevada State College whose parents brought her here from Mexico when she was three years old. Marmolejo is in danger of being deported next year to a country she knows little about.
"I'm not a criminal a murderer or a rapist or anything like that I am a student. I am a human a human being," said Marmolejo. "I'm a contributor to the economy. I pay my taxes. I have two jobs. I'm a full-time student."