Group Gathers Outside Federal Building to Protest End of DACA

DES MOINES, Iowa  --  People gathered outside the Neal Smith Federal Building on Tuesday to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA.

Des Moines resident Lizeth Salazar-Klock said she plans to "fight for our 11 million undocumented community members, and also all the young people trying to make a difference."

Salazar-Klock said she’s fighting for DACA and the 11 million people trying to gain U.S. citizenship.

“Fighting for my dreams and to go above and beyond and someday participate and uplift my community,” she said.

Improving and supporting the community was top of mind for the protesters.

“The whole world is our country, and when we get too narrow, what we end up doing is we exclude people," Ankeny resident Jean Schwendinger said.

Since 2012, DACA has helped 800,000 people brought into the U.S. by their undocumented parents. Des Moines resident Monica Reyes says she owes her life to DACA.

“Within the first year I could buy a house and I was able to finish my studies at the University of Northern Iowa, and then I’ve been able to start my career," she said.

The Department of Homeland Security has been ordered to stop processing new DACA applications.