Hopefully Congress will fix rescinding of DACA

15 Septembre, 2017, 07:36 | Auteur: Christian Jacquard
  • Editorial: Congress must act to save Dreamers

"Now the question is, what do we have to add to the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] bill, to the 'Dreamer' bill that's already pending that Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin have, to make it work on a bipartisan basis and sell it to the president", King said.

The Trump administration said Tuesday it was ending an Obama-era program allowing young people who came to the country illegally as children to live in America free from fear of deportation.

Obama slammed the decision as "wrong", "self-defeating" and "cruel".

Companies should be aware if there's a chance they'll need to let some of their talent go, Lowe said. Nationwide, 95 percent of DREAMers are working or in school. The elimination of DACA will be a humanitarian disaster.

DREAMer Cesar Espinosa is a Harvey hero.

Update 11:09 AM EST: Nancy Pelosi said during her press conference Thursday morning that she asked President Trump to reassure dreamers and this was also reported in Huffington Post, so this might have been his attempt to do so.

Congress has an opportunity to amend the president's action, as it has had for the past 16 years. Yes, President Donald Trump broke his campaign promises to protect the Dreamers. "If they can't, I will revisit this issue!" Many students and their families at IC and Cornell or elsewhere have invested thousands of dollars in an education that they hoped would open opportunities for their future, and now that time, money and energy could be lost.

Last weekend, we traveled to Houston to see Harvey's impact up close. "In fact, she said that she can already feel it waving".

Across the street from the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, the second-largest oil refinery in the U.S., we met Carlos Caban, pastor of Templo Emanuel. "This is a real low-income community", he explained, motioning to flood survivors inside his church who were receiving and distributing water and clothing. He showed us photos of chemicals from the refinery leaching into the floodwaters. "Various attorneys general from across the country are preparing to defend DACA recipients".

Pastor Caban said many Latino residents remained in their homes despite flooding and mold: "They're afraid of coming and getting help".

These fears are justified: Texas was slated to officially outlaw sanctuary cities on Sept. 1, threatening police chiefs and city officials with criminal sanctions and penalties if they did not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump's action nonetheless drew swift criticism from immigration advocates, Democratic lawmakers and business and religious leaders who had urged Trump to spare the program.

Tell Congress that compassion and good sense are up to them now.

Trump promised to end the program during his campaign, but has since expressed sympathy for those brought to the United States illegally as children.

On Twitter Tuesday night, he wrote: "Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do)".

Trump will only back down if faced with massive grass-roots pressure.

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