Groups gather at Capitol to defend DACA

Hundreds gathered at the Capitol Saturday for a Unity Rally to defend DACA.

The decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, could come as soon as next week. That's why over 100 people gathered at the Texas Capitol for a Unity Rally to defend the government program Saturday.

The Latino Civic engagement organization, Jolt and Basta Texas, hosted the event.

DACA was introduced by President Obama in 2012 and offers work and school permits for undocumented children.

The program could be stripped if President Donald Trump signs off to end operation, something Attorney General Ken Paxton is pressuring the White House to do by September 5.

Rally supporters hope by vocalizing their concerns, lawmakers will take a closer look.

DACA caters to around 120,000 people in Texas and nearly 800,000 nationwide.

For Jolt Founder Cristina T'zintzun, she believes unity plays a powerful role in creating a difference.

“There are people getting involved in the organization for the first time," T'zintzun said. "Even though we are facing some extreme legislation that is attacking our communities it's also bringing people together."

Maria Yolisma attended to rally to show her support to keep DACA in place, saying the impact is far-reaching.

"Students of UT Austin who look to deferred action for not just work but to be able to drive to get that freedom of what everyday citizens have," Yolisma said.

The group ended the rally with a march down congress.

"They had better change or we're going to have to make changes ourselves at the voting booth," rally supporter Leory Pena said. 

During the campaign, President Trump called to end DACA, but since has had a change of heart, saying "We love DREAMers." He is expected to address the policy Tuesday.

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