'Dreamers' scramble to renew immigration permits

Geneva Matthews
September 12, 2017

President Donald Trump is trying to reassure the hundreds of thousands of immigrants in a program his administration announced it is ending.

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have also filed lawsuits against the Trump administration.

According to the Department of Homeland Security's DACA "Frequently Asked Questions", page, "Current law does not grant any legal status for the class of individuals who are current recipients of DACA". In a statement released on Tuesday, however, President Trump said America is a "nation of opportunity because [it] is a nation of laws". First, can Congress fix the problem?

"Free speech is an invaluable and essential right, under both global standards and USA law, and it should not be weaponised by calls for violence and hatred", he said.

"We urge our elected officials from both sides of the aisle to act quickly to make permanent the protections included under DACA", said David T. Brown, chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council. About 800,000 people are affected.

With President Trump rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, IL residents and leaders should step up in defense of these young immigrants. Contact your congressional representatives and tell them to act.

Trump issued his decision to end DACA - instituted as an executive action by President Barack Obama and, legal experts had said, likely to be overturned by a court challenge - with repeated reassurances that he would take no immediate action to enforce it and would give Congress six months to vote on a legislative fix.

At this time of turbulence, with the DACA program facing its possible end, it has hit me particularly hard to think of the faces of my students, waking up to hear their status is now in question. Politics is the only reason Trump went after the Dreamers. With Trump's decision to rescind what Obama legalized five years ago, more than 800,000 DACA recipients, otherwise known as Dreamers, are now facing possible deportation.

"Rescinding the work permits of nearly 800,000 people and forcing them into the shadows is reckless economic policy", the chamber said in a release. "We will continue to work to fix our broken immigration system and the most important step in doing that is supporting the DREAMers who are contributing to our economy and were brought to this country by no fault of their own", Robinson said.

President Trump's decision to wipe out deportation reprieves for young undocumented immigrants has unleashed a frenzied rush to renew 154,000 permits before an October 5 deadline, a process advocacy groups say will cost millions of dollars in fees and stretch their resources to the limit. So a bill to replace DACA, he says, should be accompanied with limits on extended family unification migration and with "enhanced enforcement measures", such as mandatory E-Verify.

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