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West Michigan DACA recipients head to Washington D.C. for national protest

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Michigan DACA recipients head to Washington D.C. for protest.{ } (WWMT Jared Penland)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients from all over Michigan are heading to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to attend a protest.

The protesters are hoping to pressure lawmakers into passing a measure to protect The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

The bus picked riders up in Wyoming, Kalamazoo and Detroit, before heading to D.C. for a march on the capitol tomorrow.

President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that he would get rid of the Obama era program that granted work permits and protection for illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

These protesters are hoping to pressure lawmakers to pass a bill replacing the program ahead of a deadline set for March.

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton and 31 members of Congress signed a letter to Paul Ryan to stress the need for legislation regarding DACA recipients.

Part of the letter reads:

DACA recipients — young people brought to America through no fault of their own — are contributing members of our communities and our economy. For many, this is the only country they have ever known. They are American in every way except their immigration status.