USA immigration: Thousands of dreamers could lose protection as deadline DACA looms

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said rescinding DACA amounts to a bait-and-switch by the government, which first urged illegal immigrants to come forward and register, and now threatens to deport those people for obeying the law and coming out of the shadows.

FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group started and funded by leaders of the tech industry, sponsored the trip. "I fully support President Trump's push to secure the border and will continue advocating in the Homeland Security Committee to make it happen". It's hard to find peace these days as I think of the pain they'll go through if my status is taken away and my children have to grow up without their mom. I didn't even realize I was undocumented until I tried to get a driver's license when I was 16 and was asked for paperwork that I didn't have.

It's the same for Marissa Molina.

Friday is the deadline for recipients to re-apply in DACA for the next two years before the program ends in March.

Gabrielle Martinez '20 said that she felt the current form of the DREAM Act would create "weird barriers for immigrants and still break up a lot of families".

"It was kind of rough at that age because you don't want to be different from everyone else", she says. The status prevents certain individuals already in the USA from being deported to countries facing armed conflict or recovering from natural disasters.

To meet the Thursday deadline, applicants and immigration attorneys have been busy gathering all of the documentation required to seek a two-year renewal of their status.

"I wanted to help kids who were deaf be able to communicate with their families, their community and with the world", Reyes says.

As for the undocumented community at Seattle U, Lara Alvarado said, "I just want to remind them that they're not alone... we are here to fight together". "They are going to have to go back underground", Spector said.

Advocates cited the case of Israel Barrios Mendoza, who they described as a working father of six US citizen children whom federal immigration authorities detained in his driveway as he was leaving for work Tuesday and transported to San Diego.

With the removal of DACA, the fate of around 800,000 young undocumented immigrants rests in the replacement program.

The repeal is a "wake-up call" to undocumented youth that DACA was never permanent, said Islas, fourth-year history of public policy major at UCSB. "Who is going to be helping survivors if she has to leave?"

Word among Republican aides briefed on Miller's motives is that he is trying to blow up a deal on DACA, using demands on legal immigration to open up a broader conversation that he knows will impede a smaller agreement. By March 5th, 2018, Congress must determine how it will respond to this crisis.

  • Leroy Wright