This year, President Trump announced plans to rescind the Dream Act, which protects young immigrants from deportation.
Congress is now considering a bill to protect parts of the Dream Act.
Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica, hosted a conference call Monday morning with local leaders, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, urging congress to pass a Dream Act with full protections for young immigrants.
"Nineteen thousand people in Washington state qualify for the Dream Act and there's a lot of uncertainty around their lives right now. So, by passing a clean Dream Act we can get them certainty -- who know no other home than the united states. Continue to go to school go to work without fear of deportation," said Stolz.
Some of those people include Alma Vargas, a DACA recipient who lives in Tacoma.
"It's a work permit and protection from deportation for a period of two years," said Vargas.
Her DACA status has been renewed twice and ends October 2018. In the last six years, she’s gotten a degree in social work and job helping young immigrants.
"Anyone that thinks that Dreamers, that undocumented individuals, are criminals, are bad people, I can prove to them that that is not true. But I'm not going to go and protest. I'm going to do it through my actions."
She wants to go back to school for a second degree.
"They can take everything they want. They can send me back, but I'll have a degree at the end of the day."
Vargas and her brother came to Tacoma with their parents when they were eight.
While there is uncertainty for Vargas, she says she tries not to live in fear.
"I understand that there a lot of issues in my country. I can proudly say that I am 100 percent Mexican. And so if I have to go back well, you know, I just wish I paid more attention in those Spanish classes -- that's all I can say at this point. Because my grammar, that's something I have to work on, so I can be more competitive and get a good job."