Rally for Dreamers facing deadline

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal rallied with Dreamers in Hartford on Monday.

The rally came on the same day that the DACA program was supposed to end.

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In September, President Donald Trump said he would end the program and gave Congress six months to develop a legislative fix, but that hasn’t happened.

Blumenthal called on Congress to prevent the deportation of thousands of young people.

“The United States of America made a promise to the Dreamers,” explained Sen. Blumenthal. “They came forward, they provided all the information they requested, and now, America is on the verge of breaking this promise.”

Connecticut Dreamers also called on state lawmakers to provide Dreamers equal access to financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.

“As a proud resident of this wonderful state, I can say with pride Washington does not need to set the example for Hartford,” said Michael Hernandez, a Dreamer from Stamford. “Hartford can set its own example.”

Students urged lawmakers to get a bill passed this year.

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