Ottumwa residents rally for DACA

Ottumwa residents gathered at Central Park Sunday evening to show their support for DACA./KTVO.

Sunday evening, nearly 50 Ottumwa residents rallied at Central Park to defend and promote the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Recently, President Donald Trump announced his decision to end the program, leaving it up to Congress to decide what to do next. Now, Hispanics living in Ottumwa under DACA are concerned for their future.

DACA recipient Delia Cruz Ramirez came to the United States when she was six-years-old. She says going through high school was tough because she couldn’t do the same things as her classmates because she didn’t have a social security number.

“You know it’s not our fault we were brought to this county when we were little. We had no choice, we were not asked.”

Cruz Ramirez says DACA gave her an opportunity that she never thought she could have. Now, she fears for her future.

“And to feel that every day that I might be deported to a country that I don’t know, to a land that I have no idea what it is, it’s terrifying and it’s scary to be taken away from home, away from my family, away from my friends and my job that I love. You know, I work for America. I am America. And all the Dreamers, we are America. We are the face of America,” Cruz Ramirez said.

Lorraine Uehling-Techel is one of the rally’s organizers. She says the purpose of the evening was to let people know they have support in the community.

“You know we’re all humans and I don’t want anybody to live in this community and be afraid, no matter the color of their skin, their gender, their sexual orientation, anything. We are all humans and we just need to love each other,” saidUehling-Techel.

Sunday evening’s rally ended in chants of “si se puede,” which translates to “yes we can.” DACA supporters are encouraging people to reach out to their senators and ask them to defend DACA.

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