In an attempt to make good on his campaign promise, the Trump administration moved to phase out protections for DACA unless Congress acts on a plan. What is the program, and what does it take to be eligible?
Leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District doubled down on their support for immigrant students after the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.
“I am concerned by this decision and its long-term impacts on the students, families and employees of L.A. Unified,” Supt. Michelle King said in a statement. “These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history.”
Few Republicans in the California congressional delegation jumped to comment on the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday that it will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress acts on the matter.
More than a fourth of the estimated 800,000 DACA recipients, or "Dreamers," are thought to live in California, and some of the most vulnerable Republican congressional members in the state represent areas with large minority or migrant populations.
Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) said Sunday on Facebook that the status of people brought to the country illegally as children needs congressional input.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would move to end the DACA program, which currently shields nearly 800,000 young people from deportation.
We are people of compassion, and we are people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers and prevents human suffering.
University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted President Trump's decision to end a program that deferred deportation for 800,000 young immigrants and urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them.
"This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California," she said in a statement.
Napolitano, who crafted the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy when she was U.S. Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration, said the 10-campus UC system would continue to offer services for students who are in the country illegally. About 4,000 such students — also known as Dreamers — attend UC schools, with the largest number at UCLA and UC Irvine.
California state leaders Tuesday denounced the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, calling it "callous" and "cowardly."
President Trump's decision to end the program, which grants protections for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, affects more than 800,000 nationwide, a quarter of whom are in California.
President Trump's decision to abandon existing protections for young men and women in the United States without legal status will likely draw a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown and an assortment of California elected officials, all of whom have vowed to take extraordinary measures to keep those immigrants from being deported.
As State Senator representing the Inland Empire and the state with the most Dreamers, I find it appalling that President Trump would take this misguided action on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). These young people enrich our local communities, strengthen our country and are a reflection of the values that make America great. To shut the door of the country they call home in their face is not only wrong—it is inhumane and contrary to who we are as Americans. I will fight alongside our federal and state representatives in the weeks and months ahead to ensure that Dreamers are able to continue living, working, studying and making a life for themselves and their families in the United States.