DC-area Latino immigrants fear deportation after DACA decision

Immigration reform was a big talker at the Fiesta DC celebration on Sunday.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Immigration reform was a big talker at the Fiesta DC celebration on Sunday.

The Latino festival came on the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to get rid of protections for undocumented immigrants who arrived in America as children.

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“Today is the day we can all come out of the shadows,” Gunther Sanabria said. “We can all come out and say here I am, I'm Latino, I'm Hispanic. Look at me.”

Fiesta DC organizers said undocumented immigrants in their community are scared of deportation after the White House scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

It allowed young undocumented immigrants who came here as kids to get work permits.

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The program affects hundreds of thousands of people.  

“The main concern for everybody is to be able to work and produce and provide for their family,” Sanabria said.

“A lot of people that I know -- like family and relatives -- they're like really disappointed about this,” Jose Flores said.

Suspension of the program was delayed for six months which gives Congress a short time to pass immigration legislation.

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So far, Democratic efforts to reach a deal with the president have not worked.

“The good thing about this is that you come here, have a good time to maybes forget about that for a little bit,” Flores explained. “But the reality is it is always there you know?”

The white house still has plans to increase security at the Mexican border.

Last week, President Trump said “if we don’t have a wall” there will be no DACA deal.

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