DACA protesters rally on Capitol Hill

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DACA protesters rally on Capitol Hill

Approximately 60 students skipped class and convened in the Kimmel Center for University Life around 1:30 p.m. on November 9 to oppose President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on September 5.

If Congress can't pass legislation to replace the program, work permits will begin expiring in March.

On Thursday, House Republicans announced they hope for a compromise bill on DACA by the end of the year.

Some protesters were arrested by Capitol Police during the chants in the Hart Senate building, and Ainta Zea, a student at American University in Washington, D.C., said she was "right next to people who were getting arrested".

"I am here to support the NYU DREAM Team and undocumented students at NYU to insure that there are people here supporting them and that we want them to be safe and secure in their lives", Cook said. "Immigrant youth are honestly fed up, and they are exhausted of waiting". They came from local high schools and colleges.

WFU has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,102 students for the fall 2017 semester, said Cheryl Walker, a WFU spokeswoman.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer used a megaphone to warn the crowd that it is illegal to demonstrate in the building.

Most people became quiet and raised their fists in the air, but a handful of protesters continued their refrain.

"I think we need to also acknowledge, for instance, how a lot of the immigrants who are here today are here because of USA neo-imperialism and USA intervention in nations where maybe they should've stayed out of it, and they caused this really big dismantling", she added.

Martin Martinez, a 24 year-old DACA recipient from Spokane, Wash., said he came to Capitol Hill to fight for his future. "So, we're going to let dreamers do this, but we're going to go after their families with increased boarder security".

"I consider this country my country", Martinez said. "I ask you to provide Dreamers with this opportunity".

Hundreds of protesters packed the lobby of a Senate office building Thursday, their chants echoing off the marble walls as they demanded that Congress vote to protect DACA recipients. "That power that I have been given to help myself and my community is at stake". Protesters urged Congress to pass permanent DACA protections for "DREAMers" brought to the USA illegally as children.

However, President Trump later said that DACA recipients "have nothing to worry about", adding that if Congress can not pass a law he will "revisit this issue".

The nationwide walkouts quickly grew viral on social media.

Cortes-Rivera also said she believes any modifications to the DACA act are inhumane and produce a risky distinction between who makes a good immigrant and who makes a bad one.

As they exited the Hart building Thursday, again with their fists raised, they chanted once again.

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