Young people shielded from deportation and allowed to work legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will begin losing their protection next March unless Congress acts before then, the Trump administration announced on Sept. 5.
Congress' top two Democrats announced Wednesday night that a deal had been reached to help so-called Dreamers, but President Trump denied a final agreement was made concerning the young immigrants.
Here's what you need to know:
- The administration will renew two-year work permits as they expire but will stop accepting new applications.
- The program will not be fully phased out until March 2020.
- Tossing the issue to Congress could create a serious split among Republican lawmakers.
- Here's how Gov. Brown and California lawmakers will seek to blunt the effort to end DACA
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- Read the full statement from Trump on ending DACA | Read former President Obama's response
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Thousands filled Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles with their babies, their students, their loved ones and friends, all in protest of President Trump's decision Tuesday to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
They began to gather before 5 p.m., leading chants including, "We are the immigrants, mighty might immigrants" and a protest favorite, "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido" (The people united will never be defeated).
By 5:50 p.m., the speeches began but were difficult to hear. That didn't stop the masses from cheering and holding up their signs.
"Somebody's got the video on Twitter. We'll see it later," Los Angeles Leadership Academy history teacher Peta Lindsay told Bryan Peña, an 18-year-old DACA recipient and freshman at Cal State L.A.
When Peña got to the protest, he was reminded that relative to undocumented students in other states, he has some support in California.
"This is a sign ... that we're welcome here," he said, pointing to the crowd and their signs with messages like "Protect immigrant families!" and "Let my students dream."
But outside of California, it's a different story, he said.
"I'm still not accepted in the USA."
Shortly after 6 p.m., protesters began their march along Alameda Street toward the federal building.