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De Anza college supports undocumented students after Trump ends DACA

29 September 2017

Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told reporters Monday during a Capitol Hill news conference. Orrin Hatch of Utah also supports the legislation, titled the Succeed Act.

Dubbed the Succeed Act, the bill is Tillis and Lankford's attempt at replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after the Trump administration's announcement earlier this month that it would be ending the program in March 2018.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that protects young immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas, has been rescinded.

US Justice Department lawyer Brett Shumate said on Tuesday that the decision to stick with the deadline was "not made lightly", adding that the objective was to kick off an "orderly wind down" of the program. After that if they are not a legal citizen by the time their permit expires they will be deported. It spells out steps for receiving "conditional status" in the USA, including maintaining gainful employment, or pursuing higher education classes or military service.

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Almost a month has passed since the Trump administration started a six-month countdown on ending the DACA program.

Sen. Lankford told reporters he briefed Trump on the legislation during a recent telephone call.

Upon learning of the new Trump administration directive, student Francisco Diaz (C'18), who serves as the president of the Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), says his anger and confusion fueled him to connect with his peers and HOLA advisors to "see what all this meant". Every two years, they could pay another fee to maintain their DACA status. "In the Succeed Act, a person would have to wait 15 years ..." After the DACA decision, Emanuel declared the city a "Trump-free zone", and this extra effort to oppose the program's phasing out should signal to other cities that local and state legislatures are now entrusted with the responsibility of demonstrating their own support for the nation's undocumented population.

The new GOP proposal hasn't deterred congressional Democrats from pushing forward.

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The move - known as a discharge petition - permits any bill to be brought to the floor without being first approved by House leaders. "Democrats will not back down until Dreamers' future in our country is secured, and this discharge petition will advance this fight".

In the interim, United States Democratic leaders have declared that they had struck a deal with Trump to quickly extend protections for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does not include the president's proposed wall, according to reports.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' executive committee on September 12 urged the Catholic faithful to advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act or similar legislation "as a prompt, humane and durable solution to this problem of greatest urgency". Scholarship applications will be processed the same day they are submitted and once a student has qualified, checks for $495 made out to the Department of Homeland Security will be made available the same day in the San Francisco area and by overnight mail in other parts of the state. He also announced a six month delay in the phasing out of DACA to allow time for Congress to pass a legislative solution. Ms. Pelosi, in her address from the House floor, said Mr. Trump "has put doubt as to whether we respect the contributions of newcomers to this country". "But people also feel that if anyone deserves this, it's these people", he says.

"I think we have to assume it [the chain multiplier] will still be high", she said.

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De Anza college supports undocumented students after Trump ends DACA