Congressional reaction was swift, if lopsided, to President Trump's decision to phase out the Dreamer program.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan became one of just a handful of Republicans to join Democrats in calling for a quick legislative fix to protect 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children but will lose protections next year — unless Congress acts.
Ryan's hope that Congress could pass a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program appeared tentative at best, given an already challenging legislative agenda and few other leading Republicans willing to step up for those affected by Trump's decision Tuesday to end the program next March.
As confusion swirls about the future for DACA beneficiaries, local school districts and colleges are reiterating their support for DACA students. Here are websites and links for Dreamers looking for legal resources:
Civil liberties groups denounced President Trump's decision Tuesday to phase out DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"After equating neo-Nazis with anti-racist protesters and pardoning Joe Arpaio, we didn't need any more proof of the malignant bigotry at the heart of President Trump's agenda," said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in Montgomery, Ala.
"Many, perhaps most, of these young people know no other home. They're Americans. Now, to appease his white nationalist supporters, he wants to throw them out of their country," he continued. "Trump's cruelty knows no bounds."
California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom called President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program "cruel and pointless" and urged Congress to act in a series of tweets Tuesday morning.
Nothing undermines our fundamental American values more than the persecution of our most vulnerable: young people who know no other home.
“This is a test of our nation’s true values – a test we simply cannot fail,” the former mayor of Los Angeles said in a statement.
Villaraigosa has been urging supporters to sign an online petition, contact their representatives in Congress and donate to groups that are trying to protect young people who currently have DACA protections, also known as Dreamers.
California’s top education official denounced President Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Our country made an honest deal with these students — study hard, earn your degree and you will get a fair chance to compete for college,” state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement. “We should keep deals, not break them.”
The fate of the so-called Dreamers has resonated deeply in Mexico, the birthplace of the majority of the estimated 800,000 immigrants who have benefited from the Obama administration program.
Many were brought to the United States as minors by parents or relatives during a boom in illegal immigration before enhanced enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border slowed the illicit movement of Mexican nationals into the United States.
In his State of the Union address on Saturday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made an unusual reference to the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
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.”