I'll 'Revisit' DACA if Congress Can't Fix in 6 Months

Marie Harrington
September 6, 2017

Yet to Sessions, it was just a matter of respect for the rule of law.

In a letter to US Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US Court for the Eastern District of NY, lawyers for the National Immigration Law Center argue that the termination violated federal law that forbids "arbitrary and capricious" agency action.

While the program faces termination, Congress possesses a six-month window to pass bills aimed at immigration reform. And it's unclear whether Trump would sign it anyway.

And it will be up to Congress to take up and pass legislation helping DACA beneficiaries.

In an email sent to the University community, University President Teresa Sullivan expressed criticism toward DACA's discontinuation.

Trump's decision to eliminate DACA adds to a slew of anti-immigrant policies his administration has embraced, from the expanded border wall to stepped up ICE raids to the Muslim travel ban.

Karla Estrada, a 26-year-old DACA participant in Los Angeles who works as a paralegal assistant at a law firm, had braced herself for Tuesday's announcement.

"One thing that is talked about here a lot ..." "They'll be talking about both the economic impact of this decision but also the human impact", the strategist said of moderate Democrats. "America needs talent - and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community", the letter said.

"With that said, my personal opinion is that this is not the best decision by the president", Kimelman said.

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The future status of the hundreds of thousands of young, foreign-born students and workers is unclear for now, since they are no longer protected from summary deportation by the DACA program.

Diana Platas, a DACA recipient in Texas whose family lost their home in Hurricane Harvey, said the end of the program wasn't going to stop her.

"Upending existing protections for for the almost 10,000 young people in IN who have been living here for most of their lives isn't the path we should take", Donnelly said in a statement.

"We'd like to have confidence that Congress will actually do their job", said Sanders. "It will not be good if DACA is fully rescinded and there is no legislation to transition out of it, and that's where we'll be focusing".

"To that end", she said, "we will ask our congressional delegation to move quickly to take action to provide protection for our undocumented students and give them a path to permanent residency and eventually citizenship". Their absence is going to cost over $700 million in lost GDP in Virginia alone, Sharuk said. "This was deemed illegal by, I think, just about every legal expert that you can find in the country, including many of Obama's own attorneys said that this was not a lawful program". "There's an inherent cruelty to the fact that our government fought to protect them five short years ago, and today, our government is setting foreign policy to make them vulnerable to deportation". The campaign to preserve DACA, a status that, while temporary, allowed many to work legally and attend college for the first time, has fueled snowballing nationwide protests-branded with the slogan "#Heretostay"-as well as vocal opposition from progressive policymakers and business groups.

The memo said all current recipients whose DACA benefits expire before March of next year, may renew their request before October 5, in effect leaving a six-month window before Congress comes up with a long-term solution.

"We are a people of compassion and we are a people of law", the attorney general said.

"Whether in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence or cyber security, there is a source of intellectual capital that can help grow those technologies here in the U.S. and increase American jobs", he stressed.

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