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Candlelight vigil held in Pueblo for DACA students

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It was an emotional vigil Tuesday night for DACA students, who fear the future they once planned for will be forever changed.

"You see a lot of different reactions but the most I see is a loss of hope--a feeling that they have no choice anymore," said Victoria Ruiz, President of the Latino Student Union at CSU-Pueblo.

She says something that hasn't changed, though, is the backing they have from people in their community.

Organizers say they hosted a candlelight vigil instead of a rally, because it was a time for local DACA students to grieve.

"I consider all these people my family," said CSU-Pueblo student Fabian Sigala.

"This is like my second family.  That's why I'm fighting for them," he added.

Many of those students were at the campus event Tuesday night.

"You can't help them financially and you can't help them 'go forward,' but you can help them emotionally and you can support them," said Ruiz.

"It's particularly cruel to target them for punishment and deportation," said Pueblo resident Nick Hinrichsen.

Hinrichsen told News5 it was important to come out to the event, regardless of whether or not you know someone in the DACA program.

"I know there are [DACA] kids in the school where my wife teaches.  There are people at the church we attend.  We might not know who these individuals are, but they're every bit a part of our community," he explained.

And as the vigil reached its end, supporters made it clear their fight for the future of DACA was just beginning.

"Just because DACA ended today, doesn't mean these students disappear," said Ruiz.

"It's not going to be like that.  These students--their faces are here.  So, you can't just pretend that they're not."

After the vigil, DACA students and their families were invited to a private Q and A on campus to help them plan for what could potentially happen next.

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