BN's Immigration Project: Dreamers 'Very Nervous' About DACA

Marie Harrington
September 12, 2017

After a short break, participants will then march to Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, across from Union Station, where the demonstration is expected to end about 7 p.m.

Last week, the Trump Administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA. To be eligible for the program, applicants have to be younger than 31 years old and provide evidence to show that they have lived in the U.S. consecutively since June 15, 2007, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

According to the Q-C Hispanic Chamber, since 2012 "we have seen the numerous benefits from the DACA program to the USA economy, including $2 billion added to state and local taxes". "There is 900 of these Dreamers that are serving in uniform in the United States military". "Each DACA grant is for a two-year period, so (for) anyone who has deferred action now, it's currently valid". Why should a piece of legislation that seeks to make life better for people be casted out and replaced with nothing, casting those who are affected most into a storm of worry and anxiety.

Trump, an immigration hard-liner who has had kind words for the Dreamers, has given Congress six months to act.

The Dreamers are young people brought as children to the United States by their undocumented immigrant parents. In a statement released on Tuesday, however, President Trump said America is a "nation of opportunity because [it] is a nation of laws".

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"Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the Department of Justice can not defend this type of overreach", Sessions said.

Basi said there are fewer than 10 DACA students attending MU.

In response, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said only that Trump "is focused on responsible immigration reform and wants to work with both sides to achieve it". Eliminating the program might even cost jobs in the long run, they say.

"Some migrants, including longstanding residents, are now so frightened of expedited deportation they refrain from accessing police protection and courtrooms", Zeid said. "It's going to impact a lot of society whether they work as engineers, nurses, lawyers and doctors", said Corzo. Many of whom now have work contributing to the national economy.

In fact, 15 states, including the District of Colombia, have chose to sue the USA government in an effort to save DACA, saying the decision was based on the prejudice against Mexicans.

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