Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Amarillo-area colleges say DACA 'Dreamers' are welcome on campuses

Amarillo-area colleges say DACA 'Dreamers' are welcome on campuses

Minnesota joined California, Maryland and ME to file a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration over its decision to end a program that protects thousands of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The lawsuit states that the administration has violated the right to due process for DACA recipients, who will be at risk for immediate deportation once their protected status expires, as the administration has stopped all renewals.

There is reason to believe that the Trump administration plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects almost 600,000 immigrants who entered the country without documentation as children.

There had been speculation that Trump would use Democrats' wish to see Daca reinstated as leverage to ensure construction on a border wall, his signature campaign promise which remains far from becoming reality.

Created by the Obama administration in 2012, DACA allows young immigrants brought into the USA illegally as children to get a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as permission to work, study and obtain driver's licenses. Researchers found that the protections offered by DACA can drastically enhance health outcomes for those children.

Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). DACA recipients' permits will start expiring March 5, 2018, according to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke.

But, he added, referring to the Deferred Status for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program cancelled by Trump last week: "Whether that is part of a Daca package or another, I'm not going to prejudge which package".

Amarillo-area colleges say DACA 'Dreamers' are welcome on campuses
Amarillo-area colleges say DACA 'Dreamers' are welcome on campuses

"We would welcome the participation of other universities and colleges around the country, absolutely", Napolitano said in a media call on Friday.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session announced that new applications are being halted and the program will end in six months if Congress does not take action. The program has 800,000 participants nationwide and about 6,200 in Minnesota.

Short while speaking at a roundtable event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, rebuffed the claim, stating that the administration wouldn't want to complicate its position by making demands that could create difficulties for many lawmakers.

The Justice Department has said deporting the so-called "Dreamers" is not a priority.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that Congress "must pass something before we leave for Christmas".

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