On December 6, about two thousand union members and immigrants rallied at the nation’s capitol to demand that young immigrants be allowed to stay in the US without fear of deportation.

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They want a DREAM Act which will provide a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants.

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In September, Donald Trump announced the end of the DACA program created by Obama with an Executive Order which allowed about 800,000 young people brought to the US as children to stay and work or go to school without legal repercussions.  Their status had to be renewed every two years.

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He also announced the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Nicaraguans, who had been allowed stay after natural disasters destroyed portions of their country.

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Buses brought demonstrators from several states while other rallies took place in other cities.

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© Jo Freeman

One group met at the Bricklayers Union in DC and marched through the streets to the rally in north Senate Park.

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There they stood with their families listening to Democratic Members of Congress declare their support for a new DREAM Act.

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