This week President Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that is keeping as many as 800,000 immigrant students from being deported. The Tucson community held a press conference (video above) and immigration activists are preparing for a sustained resistance that will begin once Trump triggers the beginning of the nightmare for DREAMers.
More than 1,850 leaders from around the country pleaded with President Trump on Wednesday to preserve an Obama administration program that protects DREAMers from deportation.
Trump is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created. It has granted deportation protections to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
Eight governors, five state attorneys general, more than 130 mayors, 230 state legislators, and a slew of faith leaders, judges, police chiefs and sheriffs signed onto a statement asking Trump to reconsider.
The vast majority of the signers are Democrats, including all the governors and attorneys general. They represent states ranging from California and Oregon to Minnesota, New York and Virginia.
The list includes several Republicans, as well, such as Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Aurora (Colo.) Mayor Steve Hogan.
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In the letter, the group highlights the economic contributions DREAMers have made to their communities since the program was created in 2012. They said the U.S. economy would lose $460 billion over the next decade if DACA were terminated. In addition, businesses would incur $3.4 billion in turnover costs to replace their DACA employees, who are given work permits under the program, the letter said.
Most importantly, the signers stressed the moral obligation of the U.S. to protect those undocumented immigrants, calling an end of the program “senselessly cruel.”
via USA Today.
What Is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.
What Are The Requirements For DACA?
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time you apply;
- You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about ANY contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.