Dream Act Oklahoma calls on Congress to protect Dreamers

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Dream Act Oklahoma is calling on Congress to pass a clean bipartisan Dream Act.

"My biggest fear is having to go back to Mexico and apply and wait there for ten plus years and never get a response back,” Victor Vargas, a UCO student and DACA recipient, said.

President Trump made the decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, which protects dreamers like Vargas, who came to the U.S. illegally as children, from deportation.

Vargas is not alone.

“Since receiving DACA. I drive my dad around everywhere and my worst nightmare is going back to a situation where I can't protect the person who's done everything to protect me,” Jessica Vazquez, with DAOK, said.

That’s why many Oklahomans are joining the organization Dream Act Oklahoma, begging Congress to pass a bipartisan solution.

"As a DACA recipient, I am asking Congress to pass a clean bipartisan Dream Act that will not hurt people like my dad and will not make dreamers choose between their families and their futures,” Vazquez said.

If legislative is not taken by March 2018, DACA residents could start losing benefits.

DAOK is challenging DACA to speak out.

"I know it's not easy to put your status out like that and to be vulnerable but when you do that, you're putting a face to the issue,” Vazquez said.

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