Dreamers left in limbo over government shutdown

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Disagreement on what to do about the Dreamers, or undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, is one of the main reasons the government is shut down.

For the more than 6,000 dreamers in Kansas, their fate still rests in the hands of the government.

“Our dreamers are in Washington and had been in Washington every single week, lifting their voices and showing the human face of this issue,” Executive Director of Sunflower Community Action, Guadalupe Magdaleno said.

Members of Wichita’s Sunflower Community Action group are making their voices heard.

Dreamers Carolina Arango and Sarahi Aguilera were in Washington when the government shut down.

“The DACA permit holds my whole future. They have the last word. And it’s not just mine, it’s the lives of 800,000 DACA recipients and 6,000 of them are here from Kansas so we were very disappointed when our senators betrayed us like that,” Aguilera said.

Many Dreamer's futures have been put on hold since President Trump's decision to end the DACA program.

Friday, neither Republicans or Democrats could reach an agreement on what to do about the immigrants.

Now all the Dreamers can do is hold out hope.

 “It’s frustrating just in a sense that we’ve had so much time to do something about it and now it comes to this generation that we have to deal with it but if it comes in our hands, we have to play the ball. I feel frustrated there hasn’t been a permanent solution or anything done with immigration reform,” Fernanda Alonso-Hernandez said.

The White House said it would not negotiate immigration policy until the shutdown ends.

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