IL residents and leaders should support legal status for DACA immigrants

"Rescinding the work permits of nearly 800,000 people and forcing them into the shadows is reckless economic policy", the chamber said in a release.

Created by the Obama administration, DACA deferred deportation and granted a temporary right to study, work and live in the U.S.to certain young people without proper immigration documentation.

If Congress can not find a solution before March when the program is to be phased out, almost 300,000 immigrants would lose their protected status in 2018, and another 320,000 recipients would lose their status in 2019. A successful application would be only a reprieve, valid for two years.

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? However, during the 2016 campaign, Trump attacked DACA and stated that he would repeal it.

First-year Audrey Lee is a contributing writer.

"It says to immigrants in the United States that you have no certainty in this country", said Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.


There were also other evangelicals in Trump's council who agreed with the president's decision.

Opponents who saw the program as an abuse of Obama's executive power have cheered the decision, but the impending elimination has continued to spark criticism from elected officials, leaders from Missouri universities and the St. Louis Regional Chamber, which argues that Dreamers are valuable contributors to the region's workforce.

Although Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III was one of the ten attorney generals to push for Trump to end DACA, he chose to step back from the suit right before Trump made his decision, citing a human element as the cause.

But organizers of Sunday's march said the demonstration is also meant to protest Trump's plans to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. President Donald Trump has announced he will rescind the program in March if Congress can not come up with a solution for them. They also say immigrants in Texas and Florida, which have large undocumented populations, could miss the deadline because of the extreme disruption caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"These kids don't - for the most part, don't know any other home than the United States", Ryan said on September 6.

Many Dreamers are uncertain of their futures as Congress starts the six-month clock on finding a solution. But still Corzo said undocumented immigrants who are apart of DACA face negative misconceptions. And if Trump can't find the right language to both placate his base while avoiding deporting hundreds of thousands of young people who've known only America as home, self-preservation - not compassion - will dictate what words come next. "Trump-Letter-8.30.2017.pdf">signed joint letters appealing with Trump to let the program continue as Congress comes up with legislation to legalize it.


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