Deadline Looms For "Dreamers" To Keep Protection

The joy was palpable when former President Barack Obama issued the order to establish DACA in 2012.

Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed Tuesday to work together to keep protections for young illegal immigrants under DACA, in their first hearing since President Trump ended the Obama-era immigration policy - but the partisan divide remained on full display. Since President Trump took office and vowed to deport more immigrants, she said, groups such as hers have been flooded with questions.

"Unfortunately, the end of DACA means that those we may have missed, or those who didn't apply for the program on their own, may not have an opportunity to do so in the future", said Mulligan.

Congress and the president apparently agree that they will do something at some point to help the children of immigrants who are residing here under the temporary grace of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The additional time would have afforded recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals more time to submit application renewals, alleviating some concern for them.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tx, said he believed Trump made the right move with regards to the program.

"Every single one that i've met are very resilient and we just don't give up", said Hernandez.

The end date, barring legislation to extend the program or grant citizenship for those already enrolled, is March 5, 2018. He spoke with more than 450 DACA recipients in the survey.

Thursday marks the deadline for eligible DACA recipients to file their renewal requests.

"Can you provide this committee with any examples of Dreamers who've been involved in terrorist activities", Sen.

"Am I going to be able to achieve my dreams and become a reporter or am I going to have to be a waitress all my life?" she said. "It helped me not be scared to do a lot of the things that all my friends were doing". Dreamers are a term used to describe the children.

"I'm not aware of any examples", Readler responded. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked DOJ Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler.

Upon further questioning from Leahy, Readler responded that Sessions is scheduled to appear before the committee himself later this month.

"We're not looking at citizenship", he said.

When the Trump administration announced the phaseout of DACA on September 5, it gave current recipients 30 days to submit their renewal applications.

The Department of Homeland Security still urging people to renew now saying this week that only one-third of eligible recipients have reapplied.

Of the approximately 700,000 people in the DACA program as of last month, almost 80 percent are from Mexico, followed by El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and South Korea.

Still, this has been a tough year for DACA recipients. "You could work with the Social Security", Laura said.

  • Leroy Wright