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Protesters rallied for a 'clean' Dream Act in DC

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Protesters will gather in Washington, D.C. Thursday to demand that Congress pass a "clean" version of the controversial DREAM Act before the year ends, according to United We Dream, the nation's largest immigrant youth-led organization.

United We Dream said in a statement that the demonstration in D.C. would coincide with similar events in Arizona, California, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Thursday's protests comes just over two months after President Trump's administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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DACA recipients - or so-called "Dreamers - are people who were eligible for temporary deportation relief under the program as they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Protesters on Thursday are calling for a "clean" DREAM Act providing permanent deportation relief for former DACA recipients.

A "clean" version of the measure would not include new illegal immigration enforcement measures such as funding for walls along America's borders or additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

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