San Diego Immigration Advocates Vow To Continue To Fight For Dream Act

Friday, December 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera
Photo by Elma Gonzalez / KPBS
Above: Students gather outside Hepner Hall at San Diego State University to rally in support of DACA, Sept. 7, 2017.

San Diego immigration rights advocates vow to return to Washington in January to continue to fight for the passage of the Dream Act.

Hundreds rallied at the Capitol this week to urge Congress to approve the bi-partisan legislation before the end of the year as part of the spending bill negotiations. But members of Congress will leave for the holiday without a deal on immigration reform.

The Dream Act provides a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, also known as dreamers. It has become critical for the future of recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, which President Trump plans to end in March. Without any action from Congress, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants could be at risk of deportation.

An estimated 40,000 dreamers live in San Diego County.

Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance, San Diego discusses Friday on Midday Edition, what's next in the fight over immigration reform.