WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Trump's decision on Tuesday to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program led to tears of dismay at a rally outside the White House that was in support of the program.
"My tears say everything, you know. I’m destroyed completely," said Missael Garcia, a DACA recipient from El Salvador. "Disappointed man. I feel sad. Feel angry to the administration to the decision that it has been made."
The rally, led by several groups including CASA and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), started before the announcement was made and was calling on the administration to keep the program.
The rally had a party-like atmosphere, but when the decision was announced, many in the crowd broke down in tears.
"I’m scared. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my baby. I don’t want to go back to my country," said Fatima Claros, a DACA recipient from El Salvador.
But that somber mood was replaced shortly by a feeling of resolve as the group began a protest march to several spots, including the Trump Hotel and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters, before heading to the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress to come out with a solution.
"At the beginning we were really sad. We were suffering the decision of this administration, but now we are ready to fight back," said CASA executive director Gustavo Torres.