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Do right, Congress, and make Dreamers legal

11 September 2017

We were pleased to see New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas join with his peers in 15 other states in filing a lawsuit seeking to protect young immigrants from deportation under a program started by President Barack Obama.

Hundreds of people rallied Sunday in MacArthur Park in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, and to protest the efforts by the Trump administration to deport some 800,000 immigrants who were brought into the country illegally by their parents.

President Obama clearly violated his oath of office in creating DACA, usurping the power of Congress and defying the U.S. Constitution. Failing to save DACA would hurt the economy, costing the US gross domestic product $433 billion over the next 10 years, according to a Center for American Progress study. Though it passed the House of Representatives in 2010, that version of the DREAM Act fell just five votes short of passing in the Senate.

The tweet is consistent with what the White House said earlier in the week on the phase-out of the program, but immigrants enrolled in it are still on edge.

Do right, Congress, and make Dreamers legal

However, President Trump has said he will revisit the problem at the end of the six-month period if Congress can not find a legislative solution in that time. President Trump's decision to enact an "orderly wind-down" of executive amnesty for these Americans-of-the-heart sets the stage for a fair-minded solution to a long-standing immigration quandary.

If Congress had done what its leaders promised, rather than keeping it around as a campaign issue, there would be no "dream children". "So, with Trump rescinding DACA, it's not really a step towards any actual progress".

Jasmine came to the United States when she was 6 years old.

In the five years that the program has existed, almost 800,000 recipients have been able to join the workforce and contribute to the community by opening businesses and paying taxes.

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Please understand this: Our "Dreamers" know that despite their family's struggles, it was the United States that comforted them from their fears and helped them reach their dreams.

If Congress does not legalize DACA or a similar program within six months, many young people will eventually be deported back to their country of origin, including several MU students. The University of California (UC) is one institution that has made a decision to file suit.

Gov. John Carney tried to reassure undocumented students at Delaware State University Friday.

But public support does not make an action constitutional.

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She's doubtful six months is enough time for a meaningful replacement to be enacted by Congress and is preparing for the worst. DACA was born as a temporary workaround of Congress, which repeatedly had failed to pass comprehensive immigration overhaul.

"Your average NDSU student would be surprised to find out how many other students are affected by this", Nelson said.

These youths, brought here as children, hardly fit the profile Trump has painted of undocumented immigrants as "rapists" and drug smugglers.

There are requirements: Applicants must have been younger than age 16 when they came to the USA, and younger than 31 at the time the program went into effect on June 15, 2012.

However, it is known that the number of those DACA students in OR is 11,000, according to a news release from Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.

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Do right, Congress, and make Dreamers legal