Legislators respond to DACA; what ending program could mean for SC workers

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More than 100 attend a rally supporting immigration reform in downtown Des Moines following the Trump administration's DACA announcement Tuesday. "You know, will something going to come up in Congress before she gets to senior year because I don't want her to struggle to get to college". First, can Congress fix the problem?

To receive work permits under DACA, applicants must have come to the USA before age 16, lived in the country continuously, be attending or have completed school or served in the military, and have no criminal record. DACA holders are law abiding residents who contribute to the USA society and economy.

Notwithstanding his tweet, the almost 800,000 immigrants who obtained temporary work permits and deportation protections via DACA can not necessarily rest easy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Trump's move to end the program but made no promises that Congress would approve a legislative solution.

Trump supposedly acted to avoid a threatened lawsuit by xenophobic groups that have wanted to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ever since President Barack Obama created it by executive order in 2012. One of them is The American Hope Act sponsored by Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez.

"When I was 9-years-old with parents and my little brother and we came here on a visa", said Corzo.

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5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump's plan to end a program that protects thousands of young undocumented immigrants, eliciting reactions from local UT community members. 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.

This is the same president, mind you, who said in February that he'd deal with the dreamers "with heart" - and whose Department of Homeland Security in April deported someone who was participating in the DACA program.

On immigration, Trump is navigating politically tricky waters.

Roth said just more than 6,400 people have benefitted from DACA in SC.

"Some migrants, including longstanding residents, are now so frightened of expedited deportation they refrain from accessing police protection and courtrooms", Zeid said.

"I can understand why many Republicans would want immigration to be dealt with through the legislature, but the fact of the matter is that DACA was put in place due to the legislature being unable to address immigration issues", Pedraza said. Many of them have grown up, found work commensurate with their education, and begun their own families.

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