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Midlands protesters continue fight for DACA legislation

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- Protesters around the country are continuing to urge lawmakers to pass legislation protesting DACA recipients.

Local organizers gathered at the State House Saturday evening say they are doing so in response to the arrest of 7 DACA recipients arrested in D.C.

"The actions that they took in getting arrested are an ultimate sacrifice," said Sam Edwards, a protesters. "They are risking everything. But the reality is, without a Clean Dream Act, they risk deportation everyday once DACA expires."

Columbia held one of several protests that have erupted across the U.S. in response to President Donald Trump deciding to allow the DACA program to expire by March 5, 2018.

It is now up to state lawmakers to compose legislation for those protected under DACA, created by President Obama in 2012 to protect certain undocumented young persons who came into the U.S. as children.

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