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Protesters march through Tacoma calling for DACA extension

On Friday night, activists marched through Tacoma demanding an extension of the DACA program. (Photo: KOMO News)

TACOMA, Wash. - The partial shutdown of the federal government now underway is driven in large part by the lack of an immigration deal.

On Friday night, activists marched through Tacoma demanding an extension of the DACA program.

“We are hurting. People are hurting. This is unfair,” said Sarahi Perez, a DACA recipient, who was protesting outside the Northwest Detention Center.

Many of those who took part in the march said they were brought to the United States illegally as children. They said DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, took them out of the shadows so they could attend school, go to work and contribute to this society.

The Trump Administration has indicated a desire to phase out DACA, although a ruling by a federal judge earlier this month temporarily blocked that effort.

Still, Senate Democrats are holding out for an extension of DACA, which helped trigger the federal shutdown.

Protesters with a group called South Sound Immigrant Families which organized the protest, said it is the right thing to do.

“We're as American as everybody else,” said Ricardo Rios, a DACA recipient. “We have the same dreams and ambitions as everybody else."

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