DACA changes worry Dreamers, immigrant activists

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"Dreamers" are worried what the future brings after Trump's decision to wind down DACA. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "Dreamers" are worried what the future brings after Trump's decision to wind down DACA. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Dreamers and the people who advocate on their behalf say they are concerned that any new law that comes out of Congress will be loaded with hard-line measures.

"Anything we see from Congress that comes about in the next six months that has a benefit to these young people or anybody that's undocumented will no doubt contain numerous things that are unbelievably negative for our community," said Ray Ybarra Maldonado, an immigration attorney who has helped more than 500 Dreamers sign up for DACA protections.

[RELATED: Trump vows to revisit DACA if Congress stumbles]

According to the guidelines released Tuesday, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be phased out over the next six months. The protections came from an executive order, signed by President Barack Obama in 2012. They allowed DACA recipients to work and go to school, and guaranteed they would not be deported during the following two years. The status could be renewed, but DACA benefits were only granted to young people who came to the United States before they turned 16.

[READ MORE: US immigration: DACA and Dreamers explained]

"It gave them the confidence to come out of the shadows and move forward with their lives," said Maldonado.

But the Trump administration decided to end the program in six months, giving Congress time to pass a law that could grant Dreamers legal status or a path to citizenship.

[RELATED: Trump rescinding DACA program protecting young immigrants]

Although there appears to be bipartisan support to allow Dreamers to stay, immigrant advocates worry that any law that comes out of Congress could also contain funding for a border wall or new mechanisms to deport immigrants who came to the US illegally.

[RELATED: Trump ends DACA, but gives Congress window to save it]

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