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Colorado Springs students walk out of class in support of DACA

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Dozens of students walked out of class at Sierra High School on Wednesday afternoon in Colorado Springs to show their support of DACA.

"The choice wasn't right, so we will stop the fight," a group of students chanted outside of the school.

It's a message familiar because you've heard it before.

Across Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the nation, people reacting to the Trump administration's decision to put a stop to the Dreamers Act.

"It's so devastating to see how many people's lives are going to be affected by this," Joanna Ortiz, a Sierra High School sophomore said.

On Wednesday though, News 5 heard from a much younger crowd. 

"You end DACA, you end our future," the group of protesters said.

"Walking out of class would show how small our classes would be if they removed our DACA students," Ortiz said.

Ortiz is one of at least 30 Sierra High School students who walked out of class Wednesday afternoon in support of their DACA classmates.

"It really hurts because I've already had family deported, so there's always that connection, there's always that hurt that comes with it so if I lost some friends towards that, it would really, really suck," she said.

While Harrison School District 2 doesn't keep a record of which students are able to be there under DACA because they don't ask upon enrollment, their classmates and friends, know.

"We would lose so many great students who are working so hard to get the future that they want, the future that they need and Sierra just wouldn't be the same without those students," Vayda Escobar, a sophomore at Sierra High School said.

While it's unclear what the future holds for these students, if nothing changes, they could be sent back to their home countries.

"We want to protest against it because we believe that everyone deserves a future and everyone deserves to get an education, to have a job, to make money, to survive and why would we take that away from somebody?" Escobar said.

Harrison School District administrators supported these students in their protest and using their voices in a respectful way. The principal even taking time to stand with the students.

They hope to use this as a learning opportunity by starting the conversation, getting engaged and teaching them how to contact their elected officials.

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