'Drag for DACA' show raises money for Dreamers

'Drag for DACA' show raises money for Dreamers

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The protections offered under the Obama-era DACA program are set to expire on March 5th, but, federal judges have blocked that from taking effect amid ongoing litigation.

To help the so-called "Dreamers" keep those protections and get all the paperwork filed to do so, an organization is brought some counter-culture to the Hub City through drag.

These drag queens are making a difference. Club Pink hosts the "Drag for DACA" event, in part with the "Mi Casa Es Su Casa" network.

The show is a way to provide support and financial assistance to Dreamers living in Lubbock through the "Por La Gente" initiative. 

"These people have made America their home, this is the only place that they really know," Mi Casa Es Su Casa president Jake Quintanilla said. "To send them back to a community that doesn't know who they are and that they don't know, especially if they're from the LGBTQ community. It's still a sensitive topic for a lot of places around the world. So they also have another additional risk included with having to go back."

The money raised will go toward helping pay for two year extension application or renewal fees. Tips that are given to the "queens" will also go toward this initiative.

"I've never had anybody who's really been affected by any of this personally," host Emologie Raven said. "So, I see the hurt that he's going through, everything he's trying to do, he's scared of being deported. So, all I can do is just lend a helping hand. If I have the ability to help and do something, I'm going to do it."

Congress has yet to pass any immigration bill that would allow these dreamers with a path to citizenship. Four of the proposed bills failed in the Senate on Thursday.

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