CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Despite the rain, dozens protested the end of DACA on Grounds at the University of Virginia's amphitheater Wednesday. Students admit they are scared for what the future holds since the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
The decision takes away deportation protections put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. The program allowed about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.
People brought to the United States illegally as children are called Dreamers which is a play on the American Dream.
"It's not their fault that they were brought here at a young age or that their parents weren't from here," said Ahmed Abdelnabi, who attended the protest. "This is the only country they know and to send them or to take away their right to an education or to work is just wrong. It would ruin their lives, they've worked really hard for this country."
According to a statement put out by UVA President Teresa Sullivan, the school's DACA students undergo far more extensive background checks than native-born students.
Trump has given lawmakers six months to possibly save DACA, but he urges them to tie it to overall immigration reform.
"With the Trump Administration, there's been a lot of hate especially with the attacks on Aug. 11 and 12," expressed Megha Karthikeyan. "To have people show solidarity for another group of students is really great and it also sends a message that we do allow dreamers on grounds. Also that we are a very inclusive environment."
"This is how change is going to happen," exclaimed Jacqueline Cortes. "This is how we're going to win permanent protection. Which is what we hope for. DACA is a great program, but it's just a bandaid to the bigger issue."
Recently, 15 states and Washington, D.C. have filed lawsuits challenging the plan to end DACA, and Virginia is among them.