President Donald Trump revoked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, on September 5. DACA was a program created during the Obama administration and its purpose was to protect young immigrants, born in America, from being deported. A silent vigil was held in solidarity for Dreamers over in Downtown Tyler that same night. To Dalila Reynoso, she's says it's been silent for too long.
"The time is now that we need to go above and beyond for these individuals because if we don't who will," Reynoso said.
Reynoso collected more than a thousand signatures from East Texan who supported the idea of congress creating a 'clean Dream Act'. Something for recipients to help them stay in the U.S. To Reynoso, Dreamers are her: family, friends and neighbors.
DACA has help young East Texans like Leticia Chavez, keep her job as a nurse in Tyler. She was able to obtain a license and social security number because of the program.
Research shows Texas has the second highest number of DACA recipients in the country. Reynoso had the signatures sent to Representative Louis Gohmert and Senator John Cornyn's office. Brent Beal is running for congress in the East Texas District. He described seeing Reynoso standing for Dreamers as inspiring.
"We need immigrants in this country," Beal said. "We're stronger bringing people in and welcoming people."
"I'm ready to go to war for these Dreamers," Reynoso said.
When President Trump revoked DACA, he said congress had to fix the issue within six months. It's possible DACA is supposed to end March of 2018. House Republican came together in Washington D.C. to push new legislation that would assist those in the program. They're hoping to have something passed by the end of the year.