WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Hundreds of people rallied Wednesday inside of a church near the U.S. Capitol demanding legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants and replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The rally came one day after White House chief of staff John Kelly said some immigrants may have been "too afraid" or "too lazy" to sign up for the Obama-era program that offered protection from deportation.
The comment was in reference to the DACA program that is back in the spotlight with much uncertainty as to what might happen past March 5.
President Donald Trump said last September that he was ending the DACA program. Congress has until March 5 to pass legislation that will protect them.
Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in the Northeast to rally for the National Day of Action for the Dream Act.
It was a group made up of allies from the healthcare, labor, and women's rights movement to join immigrant youth in the fight for the Dream Act.
The group, including the Women's March and United We Dream, will make a unified demand of Congress and Trump.
The rally was originally planned for outside of the United States Capitol. Although, rain changed their plans. Still, hundreds packed the Church on Capitol Street with barely any standing room.
Watch our Facebook Live of the rally.