Dreamers' future in US uncertain after revocation of DACA program

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President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program prompted many so-called 'dreamers' and immigration advocates to hit the streets of New York City in protest.

The DACA program offers protections for nearly 800,000 people in America, and 21-year-old Aquino Ramirez is among them. He was born in Mexico, but his mother crossed the border into the U.S. in search of a better future -- dreams his parents passed onto him as a young adult.

Ramirez attended Lehman College and says he had to work two jobs to pay his tuition.

Although the DACA program protects undocumented immigrants from deportation, it does not provide financial aid or government assistance of any kind.

Ramirez became a DACA recipient just days ago, and he says Tuesday's announcement has made the work appear in vain and his dreams harder to accomplish.

"Right now my biggest fear is being deported, having my friends deported," he says.

If it decides to, Congress will have six months to rework DACA.

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