Locals gather to push for USA Act
YAKIMA, Wash.- Demonstrators chanted outside of Congressmen Dan Newhouse's office this afternoon pushing for congress to vote yes for the USA Act, which would provide protection for Dreamers.
This bill would protect people who were born outside of the U.S. and brought to the country illegally as children.
Newhouse has expressed his support for the USA Act, but a leader from One America says there are still many questions within the bill left unanswered.
"How are we going to get there? How is a clean DREAM Act going to be produced? A clean DREAM Act, where there is no law needed," said Sharon Reyna, Leader of One America.
Within the bill, it offers a chance for legal status, for young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Many Dreamers at the demonstration today say they are nervous for the outcome.
"My family and I have lived in the United States since I was two years old. So I've grown up in the United states my whole life, and I don't see myself any different than anybody else," said Jair Juarez, a volunteer for One America.
The bill also talks about reducing the time it takes of obtaining legal status. Nearly 15,000 Dreamers have already lost their work permits and deportation protections since the start of the Trump administration halting DACA. Congress may potentially decide Friday between a fix for DACA or a government shutdown.