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UPDATE: Emergency forum held for DREAMers in East Las Vegas

Las Vegas DREAMers seek help after DACA decision
Posted at 7:26 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 02:55:30-04

LATEST:  An emergency DACA forum was held by community leaders in East Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

"Losing DACA for me would be losing health insurance," said Francisco Murillo.

Murillo came to the United States at the age of eight.

He says DACA provided him with a work permit and health coverage.

Two years later, Murillo was diagnosed with kidney disease.  His biggest fear is that he won't be able to continue life-saving treatments.

"Not being around for my mother and sisters," he said.

Murillo was one of dozens of people at the forum to discuss an uncertain future.

So-called dreamers tell 13 Action News their fearful Congress won't come up with a legislative fix in time.

ORIGINAL:  Las Vegas Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program recipients are fighting back after President Trump announced the program would be allowed to expire.

There are around 13,000 DACA recipients living in Nevada.  Many of them work as teachers, health care workers, and in casinos.

Now, they're worried about their future.  

"We always knew DACA would be temporary," says undocumented activist Astrid Silva.  

She's now hoping to rally DACA recipients to push for Congress to come up with a more permanent solution.

Meanwhile, community groups and lawyers around the valley are working to provide DACA recipients with assistance.  

"They're doing it right, and unfortunately it's not enough," says Assemblyman Edgar Flores, also an immigration attorney. "They live with the threat of losing everything every single day."

He says while many lawyers want to help, it's important to make sure they're experts on immigration policy. The ACLU and other groups are working to assist to make that happen.

While Silva and others say they're disappointed with the Trump administration, they say state and local leaders in Nevada have been supportive.

Several of Nevada's congressional delegation, including Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, and Reps. Dina Titus, Jacky Rosen and Ruben Kihuen all sent out support for DACA recipients.

Gov. Brian Sandoval also issued a statement supporting the DACA program and urging Congress to come up with a solution.