IL residents and leaders should support legal status for DACA immigrants

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President Donald Trump has announced he will rescind the program in March if Congress can not come up with a solution for them.

Although Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III was one of the ten attorney generals to push for Trump to end DACA, he chose to step back from the suit right before Trump made his decision, citing a human element as the cause.

"For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!" he tweeted.

After Sessions' announcement, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he hoped Congress can find "a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country". In their behalf, the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations joined nationwide protests and appeals, saying "DACA recipients are Americans in every sense, except for their paperwork, and should be allowed them to thrive and build lives here in the United States".

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The addition of President Kennedy's signature to Pomona College's "Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students" would signify that the University of North Dakota truly seeks to be a leader and champion of diversity in this state.

In announcing their opposition to the president's decision to rescind DACA - which would impact approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to this country as children and dubbed "Dreamers" by the program's supporters - Jepsen stressed the potential socioeconomic chaos that this action would have on CT. 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. "It's very clear he wants Congress to act to get this done". Known as "Dreamers", the young people were given a reprieve from deportation and access to work permits if they arrived in the US before age 16 and stayed in school and out of trouble. I think it ought to be done in a comprehensive fashion. Politics is the only reason Trump went after the Dreamers.

Roth said just more than 6,400 people have benefitted from DACA in SC. "So we knew this wasn't a long-term option, but in a lot of situations, it's the only legal option people have". In fact, the POTUS has mandated the Republican-controlled Congress to come up with an alternative to DACA within six months, adding that he will revisit the issue if the Congress fails to deliver what he asked them to do.

"I believe that the Congress has the ability and support, overwhelming support, if they are willing to work together to do the right thing for our country", he said.