Non-profit workshop helps S.A. DACA recipients understand their rights

Many DACA recipients fear their dreams in the U.S. may soon disappear, but a local workshop helped ease those fears by informing them of their rights and how to be prepared.

The Texas Organizing Project, a non-profit, held a "Know Your Rights" workshop on Tuesday to inform the community about critical DACA information and immigrants of their rights.

Many in attendance said that they’re living in fear since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the gradual ending of the program.

Despite the announcement, some DACA recipients may be eligible to apply for a two-year renewal before October 5, 2017, but many are still worried about what will happen after their permit expires.

Pulling the plug on the program puts nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants protected by DACA at risk but Jessica Azua, a spokesperson with the non-profit, says that by staying informed, you can protect yourself.

She says that if ICE agents knock on your door don't open it, request a warrant, and have them slip it under the door. Also, check the warrant for a signature from a judge and a matching address.  

Azua says that although police can ask about your legal status, you have a right to stay silent because anything you say can be used against you.

She also stressed the importance of not to signing any documents without an attorney.  

President Donald Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a solution for DACA.

As a DACA recipient herself, Azua is asking people to mobilize and reach out to their local congressman to voice their concerns and find a clear solution.

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