US universities face political, financial risks by vowing to protect DACA recipients

In search of heroes in Congress to pass DREAM Act

In search of heroes in Congress to pass DREAM Act

5 that the Trump administration was ending DACA, albeit with a six-month delay to allow Congress to come up with legislation that would permanently protect the more than 800,000 young people who rely on the Obama-era initiative for relief from deportation.

DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers, must also prove that they have a clean criminal record and are enrolled in high school or college, or serve in the military.

During the past week DACA recipients and immigration advocates have held rallies throughout the USA protesting the Administration's decision to phase out the program. Immigration is an important issue in the state.

Trump last week said he would end the program, which was created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March, giving Congress six months to determine the fate of the almost 800,000 young adults covered by DACA, dubbed "Dreamers". Trump administration officials say that will give Congress six months to consider legislative action on the status of the DACA participants. Former President Barack Obama established the immigration policy in 2012 to allow certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive renewable two-year periods of deferred action from deportation along with eligibility for work permits in the United States.

Just the other day, the Trump administration made a decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that was passed during the Obama era.

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US universities face political, financial risks by vowing to protect DACA recipients

The DACA Program will not be ended right away. There are now approximately 800,000 people in this status. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra said: "They [Dreamers] should not be punished for things that were done by others".

According to the Q-C Hispanic Chamber, since 2012 "we have seen the numerous benefits from the DACA program to the USA economy, including $2 billion added to state and local taxes".

How do you like the Trump administration's approach to immigration policy? "But, we would also certainly provide as much support to any of our students as we possibly could".

"We have a serious issue; we have to fix this", said Lopez.

DACA individuals are not eligible for welfare or government benefits, and approximately 24 percent of those aged 25 and older have purchased homes and 6 percent have started their own businesses, the chamber said.

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