Thousands gather in Midtown to protest Trump's DACA decision

Senate GOP whip No vote on stand-alone bill for 'Dreamers'

Greg Nash

After the Trump Administration announced the removal of deportation protections put in place by the Different Action for Childhood Arrivals, some immigrants wonder what their next move should be. "I think it's terrible", St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said Friday. Many of them have grown up, found work commensurate with their education, and begun their own families. It was not a statement that centered on pushing Congress to replace DACA over the next six months or making the case for a more robust policy from Congress.

Capito said Trump had to make a decision because of a lawsuit stemming from Obama's executive action; attorney generals from 11 states, including West Virginia's Patrick Morrisey, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 29 requesting the end of renewing or issuing of new DACA permits by September 5. But DACA is different, he says, because it was supposed to open doors for deserving young people, not slam them shut.

Last Tuesday, the Trump administration, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced the ending of DACA, under which 800,000 "dreamers" - so-called in reference to the DREAM bill that was never passed - are in the United States today. Those affected are mostly from Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras, though most have never seen those countries since they were small children. They can then return to the country legally, and they qualify for legal status through other avenues.

There are economic benefits to keeping DACA in addition to a moral obligation to offer protection to people brought to the children, advocates say.

Georgia is home to about 24,000 DACA enrollees who are all now full-time students or have full-time jobs per the program requirements. Do you think there should be a path to citizenship for the so called Dreamers?

Since the Tuesday's announcement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted his continuing support of DACA, as did Rep. Hank Johnson of the state's Fourth District.

A vivid, bipartisan picture of Faso emerged again Tuesday when he said he wants to make the provisions clearer and fairer in the embattled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA laws. However, during the 2016 campaign, Trump attacked DACA and stated that he would repeal it. "Trump-Letter-8.30.2017.pdf">signed joint letters appealing with Trump to let the program continue as Congress comes up with legislation to legalize it. Instead he adds to the fear in the immigrant community by targeting hundreds of thousands of young people for deportation. So, we are giving a voice to those who have little voice in our society, who do not know where to go to get help and who do not know our laws or how our country works.

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