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Thousands in Nevada await DACA decision

Posted at 6:40 PM, Sep 04, 2017

Thousands in Nevada face an uncertain future as the DACA program possibly nears its end. 

President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement Tuesday that the Obama-era program, which allows certain undocumented immigrants to work in the United States, will end. 

Local dreamers marched along the Las Vegas strip Monday to urge President Trump to keep the program in place. 

"I don't know whether I will be able to continue my education or if I'll have to go back into the shadows again," said 24-year-old dreamer and UNLV student Itzel Hernandez. 

More than 13,000 people in Nevada receive DACA benefits. Congressman Ruben Kihuen(D)-Nevada said ending the program could impact the economy.

"They're here, they're working in our schools, they're working on the strip. They are contributing to the economy," he said. 

President Trump will likely give congress 6 months to come up with a replacement program. 

Congressman Kihuen wants to start working on immigration reform as soon as congress reconvenes in Washington D.C. this week.