DREAMers send a message at DACA protest in Pueblo

Pueblo DACA Protest
Pueblo DACA Protest

PUEBLO, Colo. — A different kind of protest was held in downtown Pueblo Thursday — one involving a chess board.

The protesters were playing a life-sized chess game to symbolize Congressman Scott Tipton “playing political games with their lives,” in reference to DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The protest also included the normal chants, speeches, and discussions, all asking Tipton to sign the discharge petition to send the DREAM Act to Congress.

“Before DACA, we were afraid,” DACA recipient Ana Agustin said. “We were afraid, we were afraid.”

Agustin said she thinks people have the wrong idea of what DREAMers want.

“We’re not asking for anything free,” Agustin said. “I’m not here to be bad. I’m here to help, to cooperate.”

She said people often ask her why her parents brought their family here.

“They were able to reach so much with so little,” she said. “They believed we could do it too.”

Luz Arreola is also a DACA recipient. She said she’s afraid to return to a country she doesn’t know, and have all of her dreams taken away.

“We’re just people who want our dreams, so why take that all away?” she said.

Arreola doesn’t want people to be sad for her.

“I don’t want people to feel sorry for me,” she said. “I just want them to fight for our rights.”

Gabriel is a young boy who’s afraid of his mother losing her DACA rights.

“Without her having DACA, we wouldn’t have anything we have right now,” he said.

Sally Sharp just has it on her mind to help.

“It was not fair to give a group of people rights and then take them away,” Sharp said. “This is the United States. We don’t do that here. And yet, it’s been done.”

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