Letter to the Editor: Latino Student Association supports students affected by DACA

Protesters outside of Trump Tower in New York City after announced repeal of DACA on Sept. 5

Protesters outside of Trump Tower in New York City after announced repeal of DACA on Sept. 5

"We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides", they said.

"That's some of the most heartbreaking thing s about this policy: whole families can be torn apart", Silbiger lamented. As of 2017, 800,000 students are enrolled in the DACA program.

We believe President Trump acted prematurely and rashly in eliminating the program. While she has no more worries about DACA ending, she expressed concern for her family and friends.

She said she's met with families who told her they paid an attorney $1,000 or more to process their renewal applications, only to be left empty-handed. When Obama - like Bush and Clinton before him - failed in this effort, thousands of young undocumented immigrants refused to let the issue die.

A pair of Senate Republicans on Monday unveiled what they call a conservative approach to protecting young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children as Congress continues to race the calendar to the end of the DACA program. Finding a balance between the interests of different congressional caucuses involved was the way forward, she said. Despite overwhelming support for immigration reform to protect childhood arrivals to the USA, and numerous attempts to pass the immigration reform bill the DREAM Act since it was first introduced in 2001, the fight for amnesty has been fraught with failures - largely due to threatened filibusters from immigration hardliners.

Democrats lined the aisles of the House floor, waiting their turn to sign a so-called discharge petition to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote.

Silbiger thinks that is the most effective way to way to go.

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"We have millions of great young people that can add a great deal to our country", Hatch said. "They do not remember their home country when their parents brought them here illegally". They don't know their native land, technically this is their native land.

Because of the economic and social benefits those protected by DACA provide for the US, it's likely to be a good deal if Republicans and Democrats can come together.

Several legal challenges to Trump's decision to rescind DACA are pending in court.

"Trump's emphatic lack of empathy continues to destroy our communities and stain our reputation overseas". Student Legal Services Advisor Jerry Parr stated, "This is your opportunity to do it [DACA renewal], take advantage of what you can do and that is that renewal and that is very limited, so you need to act now to do that". They're from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Until they find a way to do so, it is the responsibility of cities, states and private institutions across the country to do what they can to protect our most vulnerable neighbors.

In Las Vegas, fewer than 30 people have asked for a service provided by the Immigration Clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, causing alarm among organizers who are fearful immigrants are staying in the shadows or waiting too close to the deadline. They stood up with pluck and nerve to declare their love of the United States of America and to say, "we're here and we're exhausted of living in the shadows". At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.

In his statement regarding his tweet stating the repeal of the DACA program, Trump said that "the temporary implementation of DACA by the Obama Administration, after Congress repeatedly rejected this amnesty-first approach, also helped spur a humanitarian crisis... in some cases, young people who would become members of violent gangs throughout our country". This is criminalizing us and that's wrong. DACA recipients applied for this status by paying a $465 fee and submitting their documentation. DACA was not a ideal program, and improvements must be made in new legislation to address the young person's legal status for work and school while also speaking to the ongoing multi-state debate surrounding the right to a driver's license and the cost of higher education.

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