Protesters gather in Memphis as future of DACA program in doubt

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The United States has been home for many of them for years, but on Monday, more than 100 people met at Federal Court, praying their dreams won't soon be slashed by White House cuts

They wore all black, and their message for President Donald Trump was don't take away Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)--an Obama-era program that keeps them safe from deportation.

"This is the only country that I've known," Christian Brothers University student Aylenn Lodano said.

According to reports, the Trump Administration could soon end the policy, leaving 800,000 undocumented young people subject to immigration law.

It would fulfill a Trump campaign promise to crack down on immigration, but the young people in Memphis say they aren't the problem.

"We want people to know that we're not criminals," Lodano said.

Anlee Garcia moved her family to the US from Mexico for a better life. Her son is a volunteer firefighter, and her 15-year-old daughter plans to one day becoming an engineer.

"They have dreams, that's why we're fighting for them," Garcia said.

"This is serious. Our lives are on the line," Lodano said.

There are signs President Trump may announce a six-month delay before this policy ends, giving Congress a chance to possibly compromise and discuss a more permanent immigration policy.

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