LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - The future remains uncertain for approximately 10,000 DACA recipients across Nevada following the announcement the program would end after a six month grace period.
The decision has sparked controversy and prompted some Rancho High School students to rally in support of creating a law to make the provisions of the DACA program permanent.
DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals enacted by the Obama administration.
Recently, the Trump administration announced it would be ending the program.
President Trump is leaving it up to Congress to either scrap DACA, make changes to it, and ultimately decide whether it becomes the law of the land.
Some students are worried about the final outcome but pleased by Wednesday’s rally.
"It shows we are all in this together, it shows unity, it shows that we are going to fight back no matter what it takes,” said DACA supporter Monika Martinez.
The announcement to end DACA has also added to the urgency for action.
Eligible recipients who need to renew their DACA paperwork with the federal government have just weeks to do so.
"If a DACA recipient, if for some reason, is eligible to renew, they have to get their paperwork in to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by Oct. 5, just a few weeks away, or they risk losing their benefits, their DACA status will expire and they will lose their ability to work in the United States,” said Sergio Avila with fileright.com.
Avila said the company is offering to help guide those who are eligible for free up until the deadline. Details can be found at fileright.com/DACA.