DACA supporters marching in downtown Tucson

Updated: Sep. 6, 2017 at 4:25 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A group of DACA supporters were set to march in downtown Tucson Wednesday afternoon.

The march was set to start around 4 p.m. at De Anza Park near Speedway and Stone and end at city hall around 5 p.m.

The event, organized by Scholarships A-Z, Lucha, Mariposas sin Fronteras and Lucha Unida de Padres y Estudiantes, was to show support for DACA recipients and their families.

You can watch the march live on the Tucson News Now Facebook page.

A protest rally was set for 6 p.m. at city hall.

Wednesday's event came one day after the Trump administration announced plans to end DACA.

DACA is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program put in place by an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012.

The program protected youth who were brought to the United States as children, if they meet certain requirements.

There are 800,000 who have signed up for the program nationwide and 91 percent are working and paying taxes.

New applications will be halted but the Trump administration gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program.

According to Department of Homeland Security officials, people with permits whose renewals are set to expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to re-apply - so long as their applications are submitted by Oct. 5, 2017, one month from Tuesday. No permits will be revoked before their existing expiration dates, and applications already in the pipeline will be processed, they said.

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