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Omaha DREAMers uncertain about future

Posted at 10:33 PM, Mar 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 14:38:03-05

For months, lawmakers were told to find a way to protect the young, undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers.

However, federal judges blocked the Trump administration from ending the program.

Now, thousands of young Nebraska DREAMers are wondering what's next.

"A lot of mixed emotions because that sense of uncertainty is still there," said Armando Becerril.

For Beceril, these past few months have been tough, not knowing what's next.

"We are professionals we are students, we grew up here this is the only thing I know," said Becerril.

President Trump announced last year his plan to end DACA, a policy that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay in the country.

It was supposed to go into effect Monday, March 5; but last month, two judges blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA. 

Becerril calls it a small sigh of relief.

"DACA recipients and the immigration community got a couple big 'Ws' with the two federal judges that went in our favor," Becerril said.

Congress has yet to take action on creating an alternative for the DREAM act.

For many DREAMers, Becerril said the stress and anxiety remains.

"It's tough to think about your future because you are living two years at a time."

Not all are in support of the DREAM Act, an Iowa congressman tweeted.

"Congress and President Trump cannot legalize DACA without sacrificing the rule of law and broadcasting a call to come to America to be here for the next amnesty. No matter the deal the rule of law would fall."

As people across the country continue to rally in support, Becerril said he'll hope for the best. 

"A clean DREAM Act that puts myself, and I believe 1.8 million eligible undocumented immigrants, on a path to citizenship," he said.