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Local 'dreamers' gather in Colorado Springs for DACA rally

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Hundreds showed up in Acacia Park Tuesday afternoon for a rally in response to President Trump's announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival or (DACA) program.

Congress will have 6 months to come up with an alternative legislation for the program. 

Among those effected- Monica Perez and Jesus Esparza, two college students that call Colorado Springs home.

Esparza and Perez are known as 'dreamers'- under DACA they've been able to work, go to school, and even get drivers licenses.

''It just makes me feel unwanted," said Esparza, who's lived in Colorado almost his entire life-he's never even left the state. 

Perez's moved to America before she was even a year old, she's studying political science and hopes to pursue a career in law or politics- but with the recent decision she admits she has hesitations.

'How do you even plan for the future when you don't know what to expect?'' Said Perez. 

Both Perez and Esparza say they're worried to return to their birth countries, mostly because they don't have an understanding of the culture. 

Organizers of Tuesday's rally included college students, allies of the DACA program, and even one educator spoke to the crowd. 

The message from organizers- urge congress to keep the DACA program.

'You need to do something, put your money where your mouth is,' said Josh Albo, a co-organizer of the event.

Colorado members of congress responded to the President's decision: Representative Doug Lamborn saying 

"After eight years of the Obama administration dismantling our immigration laws, I’m encouraged by the President’s commitment to cracking down on illegal immigration, securing our borders, and reversing the unconstitutional DACA program. I have always opposed any type of amnesty and will continue to do so. But I also want to find meaningful solutions to this difficult problem, solutions that uphold the rule of law, protect our country, and ensure fairness in our immigration processes. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate over the next six months to achieve these objectives and fix our broken immigration system."

Senator Michael Bennet responded to the change in a statement:

 "Today's announcement is a devastating betrayal for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have used the security of DACA status to receive an education, pursue careers, and safely put down roots in their communities," Bennet said. "This decision is the height of cruelty: It's an attempt to score political points by separating families and disrupting schools and workplaces. The President has revealed his priorities and values; in response, bipartisan leaders in business, education, and local government around the country have spoken up in defense of DACA. Congress must work together to find a legislative solution to protect DREAMers."

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