San Diego Dreamers 'facing nightmare' after President Trump's DACA decision

Posted at 5:39 AM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 19:46:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Hundreds of San Diegans protested President Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months.

People held and showed support for DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers” on the steps of the San Diego County Administration building at Waterfront Park Tuesday evening.

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“I was raised here. I am an American, even if they don’t accept me as one,” Natchel Nello, a DACA dreamer, said at the rally.

Bello has lived in the United States since she was six years old.

“I’m a good student. I’m a  4.0 student. I have never done anything wrong,” Bello said.

Juan Menjivar, a classmate of Bello at Mesa College, said he was brought to the U.S. illegally when he was two years old.

The announcement to end DACA has hit him hard.

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“It’s a mix of scared, angry, overwhelmed and helpless in a way,” Menjivar said at the rally.

“I do consider myself and American. Although this country did not give birth to me it saw me grow,” Bello said. “We pay taxes, social security.. health care. We really aren’t here to take anything away from anyone.

Bello said she would be lost if she were deported to Mexico, a foreign country to her.

“I don’t know my family in Mexico…although I speak Spanish at home, it’s Spanglish," she said. "It’s not really Spanish.

Not present at the rally, people who support the President’s decision.

“We are very happy with that. That was a campaign promise and we feel that was part of what got Donald Trump elected to President and we are glad to see that he is fulfilling his campaign promise and doing away with the unconstitutional DACA program,” Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders said.