Naturalized Citizens Share Concerns About Future DACA Program

San Angelo - TX - 31 people, representing 8 countries including India, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tabago received their United States citizenship certificates Wednesday morning.

"It took a long time but I finally did it, decided to do it and I'm proud to be a USA citizen now," says Servando Saucedo.

The naturalization ceremony was conducted by Judge E. Scott Frost. San Angelo Chamber of Commerce President Dan Koenig gave the keynote speech.

Family and friends from near and far gathered to show their support and while obtaining US citizenship was the focus Wednesday many talked about the program that's headlining our nation, the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, also known as DACA.

"I think it's just sad because that leaves a lot more people illegal again especially young people that want to go to school and college and do something with their life," says Maira Soto.

DACA is a government program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Created under the Obama Administration in 2012 -- it has allowed more than 800,000 young people brought to the US illegally as children to remain in this country. This week the Trump Administration decided to do away with that program.

"I have a few friends that are benefits of DACA, they came here to the United States whenever they were little and the fact that Trump is taking all this away from them and sending them back to what is called their country, but you know they, they grew up here, so basically they don't know their country because this is considered their country," says Mirna Saucedo.

Many say they hope Congress comes up with a better plan in the next six months and those who obtained their citizenship Wednesday say they're going to fight for the rights of others.


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