Muslims and immigrants rally together for DACA in downtown Fresno

DACA recipients at rally concerned about future of program

Fresno, Calif. - The day before President Trump is expected to make an announcement about the fate of DACA dozens of immigrants gathered to make their voices heard.

DACA (Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals) is the program that gives children of undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation.

The rally was created specifically for the Labor Day Holiday to honor the invisible work of immigrants do everyday.

With DACA possibility being on the chopping block the rally quickly became a place to fight for the 38,000 immigrants in the Valley that benefit from the federal program.

"We know that immigrants and refugees contribute heavily to our society and because the muslim and latino communities have been targeted the most these past eight months," said Reza Nekumanesh, Rally Organizer.  

DACA recipients like Luis Ojeda.

President Trump is contemplating ending the five program former President Barack Obama put in place through Executive Order.

"It's going to have a very traumatic effect and there will have to be a lot of processing i'd have to do," said Luis Ojeda, DACA Recipient.

Ojeda says although he is concerned about losing his DACA status, it pushes him to fight harder for immigrant rights.

"We've been here before," said Ojeda. "Prior to 2012 we didn't have any of the benefits we have now. So it's important to remember that our community is resilient and it will continue to fight regardless of what is and is not available to us."

Assemblyman Doctor Joaquin Araumbula  comes from a  family of undocumented immigrants.

He spoke to ralliers like Ojeda to let them know they are not alone.

"We need to support our dreamers because that's how we continue to support the American dream," said Arambula.

If DACA is discontinued, more than 750,000 immigrants across the nation will be affected.

"I think it's really important to re-center the conversation around how we can provide a solution to all of the 11-million undocumented and not just the 800,000 DACA recipients," said Ojeda.


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