BN's Immigration Project: Dreamers 'Very Nervous' About DACA

Because Sessions said that immigration enforcement agents would not immediately come after the Dreamers, their fate is in the hands of a highly partisan Congress that has consistently proved incapable of working together.Unless the rallies and protests across America in support of the Dreamers become the catalyst for a bipartisan answer, their fates will remain uncertain. We did it once in the Senate and can do it again in a bipartisan fashion.

With Trump "picking on folks who can't really stand up for themselves", Elorza said he believes "it's all the more important for us to stand up and speak in strong and certain terms that we're going to look out for the people that he's picking on".

These young "dreamers" arrived in the USA as children and are registered with the federal government to get work permits, but remain undocumented in the migrant registry.

Those at the meeting wondered "what are we going to do in retaliation for" this decision, he said. It would offer a path to citizenship to young immigrants who arrived in the United States as children if they have completed at least two years of a bachelor's degree program, or have been employed for at least three years, or have served in the USA military for at least two years. The analysts assumed the labor characteristics of the DACA workforce were the same as other undocumented workers. He said his personal information would not be used against him, but now he was anxious.

Now, he works for the nonprofit organization Resilience Orange County.

DACA, Cotton said, is "a mess of President Obama's making". For many beneficiaries, "it's their livelihood", he said.

The program was not a permanent solution for participants and provides no path to citizenship.

The word stems from the federal DREAM Act, first introduced in 2001, that would have provided a pathway to legal status for undocumented youth who were brought to the children.

"We know that when bullies step up, you have to step to them and step to them quickly, and that's what we're here to do today", said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

To receive work permits under DACA, applicants must have come to the United States before age 16, lived in the country continuously, be attending or have completed school or served in the military, and have no criminal record.

The suit was filed in the Eastern District of NY. And, of course, Speaker Paul Ryan, who has called on the president not to end DACA, even though Ryan once described the program as "blatantly unconstitutional".

Tom Wong, an associate political science professor at the University of California-San Diego who worked on the research, said DACA recipients "are not in the traditionally skilled industries", meaning blue-collar jobs, because they must have a high-school diploma to qualify and many are pursuing college and graduate degrees. "So we knew this wasn't a long-term option, but in a lot of situations, it's the only legal option people have". That's plenty of time to get the job done. Microsoft and Apple are offering full defence of these young migrants most of whom are employed with technology firm.

"Literally the things I was saying to my friend, like "stay safe" and 'be careful not to get caught, ' it's what criminals say", he said. But how to treat those who were brought here as children - who did not on their own make a choice to break our law - and who have been a normal functioning part of our schools, communities, armed forces and workforce now for many years - should not be a hard question.

Pelosi said Democrats had the leverage because Republicans didn't have the votes to pass the longer extension they wanted on their own.

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