Trump defends decision to phase out DACA

Trump defends decision to phase out DACA

Trump defends decision to phase out DACA

President Donald Trump sent a message to Congress on Tuesday on repealing the program that allows the children of undocumented immigrants to get work permits: Get ready to do your job.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will hold a briefing Tuesday at the Department of Justice to make the announcement on the DACA program, which protects almost 800,000 people from deportation.

Applying for DACA status and receiving a college scholarship through the Kansas Hispanic Education and Development Foundation "was the light of hope at the end of the tunnel", Ibarra said.

"As a result of recent litigation, we were faced with two options: wind the program down in an orderly fashion that protects beneficiaries in the near-term while working with Congress to pass legislation; or allow the judiciary to potentially shut the program down completely and immediately", said a statement from Duke.

"Most Americans know how heartless the DACA decision is ripping apart families and telling people who have worked hard to become Americans for years that they have to leave the country", he said in a statement. But he says, "If they can't, I will revisit this issue!"

Trump's administration said the move was necessary to show respect for the country's immigration laws, and said nobody covered by the program would be affected before March 5.

The decision to scrap the scheme prompted widespread outcry, with business leaders, Democrats and many Republicans arguing that the policy would damage the economy and was not in keeping with USA values.

Much of the business world, especially the high-tech firms of California's Silicon Valley, stood firmly against a DACA repeal.

Tony Ibarra, a 19-year-old Wichita State University student, said he came to the age 3 and learned as a middle-schooler that he was undocumented.

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The Obama administration created the DACA program in 2012 as a stopgap as it pushed unsuccessfully for a broader immigration overhaul in Congress.

La Trinidad United Methodist Church, a West Side landmark since 1876, will be holding an all-night prayer vigil for the young immigrants known as "Dreamers" as they anxiously awaiting Tuesday's White House announcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave Congress six months to act before anyone loses the ability to live in the United States. However, this is a real problem we should solve in a bipartisan fashion.

Flake, whom President Donald Trump has publicly feuded with recently, said in a tweet thread that it's now up to lawmakers to save "innocent kids counting on Congress to do its job".

Had the president kept DACA in place, he would have been knowingly ignoring the Constitution and breaking his oath to honor it.

Hundreds of protestors gathered Monday morning at Cesar E. Chavez and Grand avenues in downtown Los Angeles to continue a series of local demonstrations that began last week as word spread about Trump's pending decision. We have 800,000 examples of how DACA strengthened America, including my sister Maria, a graduate of Quinnipiac University, an immigration activist, and a DACA-recipient.

Zuckerberg also urged Americans to "call your members of Congress and tell them to do the right thing", adding that "we have always been a nation of immigrants, and immigrants have always made our nation stronger".

"That affects both you and I when we're talking about our insurance rates", Lim said.

DACA, an Obama-era program, protects almost 800,000 young men and women, often called "Dreamers" from deportation.

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