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On a dreary Houston afternoon, with a definite chill in the air, emotions heated up as children of undocumented immigrants, their friends and supporters held a vigil for deported parents.

"A lot of these kids are American citizens," said Jose Sanchez, with Mi Familiar Vota. {" They were born here, and it just so happens that their parents don't have papers."

John Baffoe, 18, is a student at the University of Houston- Downtown.

"My family are originally from Ghana, west Africa. We came here in 2005 on a visa status," he said. "I myself have not been affected by deportation or any immigration issues, but my friends that I go to school with have been affected. And I don't want to see this. I don't want to see people who have been affected. Their families have been separated."

Determined? Yes.

Disappointed? Absolutely.

Last year, immigrant families celebrated an executive order for deferred action issued by the president. The order basically allowed undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children temporary protection from deportation.

Then, just four months ago, they cheered as the senate passed a bill that would, among other things, provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

But the House didn't okay the plan, and with the budget fight and healthcare rollout problems, time may be running out. Frustration is mounting, especially among those affected by the deferred action order.

"Which actually expires in two years," Sanchez said. "(The president) has yet to make a recommendation to renew that and even after those two years, once he's out of office, the executive order ends."

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