7 arrested in Dream Act protest outside McCain's office

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Seven people were arrested for trespassing, police said, after a DREAM Act protest outside Sen. McCain's Office. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office/3TV/CBS 5) Seven people were arrested for trespassing, police said, after a DREAM Act protest outside Sen. McCain's Office. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office/3TV/CBS 5)
The DREAM Act would help protect some 800,000 undocumented young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The DREAM Act would help protect some 800,000 undocumented young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Protests said they want action on immigration reform from McCain, who has said in the past he supports DACA. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Protests said they want action on immigration reform from McCain, who has said in the past he supports DACA. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement where sit-ins happened all across the U.S. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement where sit-ins happened all across the U.S. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Hundreds of people in Phoenix staged a "sit-in" at Sen. John McCain's Phoenix office, in an effort to pass a replacement for the DREAM Act and a group of them were arrested on Monday.

"What do we want? Clean DREAM Act!" When do we want it? Now!" the protesters shouted at the office near 24th Street and Camelback Road.

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The DREAM Act would be something like DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which helped protect some 800,000 undocumented young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. But President Donald Trump dismantled the legislation in early September. 

[READ MORE: Trump rescinding DACA program protecting young immigrants]

"We have more support than ever from voters and people all around this country who say we belong in the place we call home," said Belen Sisa, a protester.

Seven of the protesters were arrested on trespassing charges.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide movement where sit-ins happened all across the U.S, demanding national politicians pass a DREAM Act that's not connected to any other border legislation. Activists said they want the DREAM Act attached to the year-end spending bill and urged lawmakers to vote against it if it doesn't have the DREAM Act.

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

"Sen. McCain continues to say he supports us but will not take action. His inaction means he is taking the side of those who have taken the program away and do not care that we are your neighbors, we are your co-workers and we are students and we are not just the future we are present workers who are contributing and who have lives here. We can not continue to live in a limbo," said Sisa.

[RELATED: What is DACA? A look at immigrant program Trump is ending]

Back in September, the Trump administration said it would give Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program. During that time, McCain called for "permanent protections" for so-called DREAMers and said it was "unconscionable" to send young people back to a country they didn't know.

[RELATED: McCain, Flake oppose the end of DACA]

Congress has until Dec. 8 to reach a budget deal before funding for the government runs out.

The activists plan to be outside Sen. Jeff Flake's office on Tuesday.

[RELATED: DACA changes worry Dreamers, immigrant activists]

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