Paul Ryan: C'mon, deporting DREAMers isn't in America's interest

When President Trump's administration announced that it would give six months to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many young people called "Dreamers", immigrants who grew up in the USA, were once again faced with uncertainty regarding their future here.

More importantly, he had the Texas Attorney General and others threatening litigation if he didn't act to drop DACA.

The lawsuit notes that the majority of immigrants eligible for DACA are from Mexico, and Trump has made many statements hostile to Mexicans, including attacking a judge of Mexican descent and falsely linking Mexican immigrants to crime, drugs and rape. I'm calling on Congress, specifically the Representatives quoted in your article, my own Congressman, Jamie Raskin, along with Sens. Don't wait any longer.

The Trump administration, however, will adjudicate DACA renewal requests for current beneficiaries whose benefits are set to expire between Tuesday and March 5, 2018 as long as they submit their applications by October 5, officials said. Under the program, people are eligible to apply for DACA status if they illegally entered the US under the age of 16 with their parents. She wanted to build on Obama's DACA amnesty, which legalized illegals who came here as minors, and his DAPA amnesty, which legalized the illegal-immigrant parents of natural-born US citizens, by synthesizing the two and legalizing the illegal-immigrant parents of DACA kids. A requirement to file for DACA is that the applicant is in school or has graduated from high school, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

The renewal fee itself is $400 every two years.

As Ryan continues to describe a DACA bill that includes border security, conservative members of his party are pushing for far more. And since the transfer of power to President Trump, these statistics have begun to move in noteworthy ways.

House leaders from both parties and minority caucus chairs are meeting Wednesday to discuss the potential for legislation to protect Dreamers - undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Feasley said the USCCB is encouraging people to frame what happens to DACA recipients as not a simple immigration issue, but as a family issue, given that deportation would threaten to tear apart these individuals from their families, schools, work, church and society.

As part of that effort, Cuellar said the Republican president urged lawmakers to consider legislation by Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue capping legal immigration at lower levels, an idea many Democrats oppose.

"We said we need to have the Dream Act and he (Trump) said: 'Yes, ' Cuellar said".

As we have seen, executive actions are not long-term answers because they do not have the force of permanent law.

Meanwhile, Palomares, who goes to San Jose City College and works at the Great Mall in Milpitas, said she's hoping "something better will come along".

Undocumented immigrants must have already contacted a US employer before they can be legally allowed to enter. One, Connie Irvin, a retired teacher, told Cleveland 19 that she had DACA recipients in the classroom, and supports the program. For that reason, we applaud Washburn University for sending out resources for Washburn DACA recipients. With such an impasse in Congress regarding immigration policy, many are skeptical DACA's protections will be replicated.

"We can not wait for Trump's self-imposed six months' deadline for Congress to do something", said Kica Matos, of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM).

  • Leroy Wright