Castillo: Using DACA youths as political pawn betrays America's values

What happens in six months?

"We are going to show great heart", President Trump assured the nation in February when asked about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"President Trump's decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America", said Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.

While new applications for work permits will not be accepted, all existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today.

VIEWPOINTS: Congress should stand by Dreamers, grant them legal status. Compromise is not a curse word.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the DACA program had ended. "But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws". "Now it's in the hands of Congress. They have what appears to be six months to react", Scott said. Leaving that for Congress to fix in 180 days is to put on blinders and to ignore that overhauling immigration policy has vexed lawmakers for decades. In similar letters, Microsoft said it has at least 39 employees authorized to work through DACA and Starbucks said it has at least 84. "There's already that negativity".

Hundreds showed up for the emergency rally to protest the Trump administration's decision to rescind DACA, short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is an Obama-era program that lets undocumented immigrants brought here as children or teens before mid-2007 apply for protection from deportation, and a two-year work/study permit. Tom Cotton of Arkansas are openly floating trade-offs to protect DACA recipients, even as Democrats insist that Dreamers aren't bargaining chips for tougher immigration restrictions.

"The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States - including proactively seeking travel documentation - or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible", the document reads.

It was an emotional afternoon in Acacia Park, where Dreamers, as the DACAmented youth are called, their families, friends, teachers and supporters rallied for the opportunity to stay and keep pursuing their ambitions in America.

There's little doubt a lot of people have benefitted from the cheap labor illegal immigrants bring - but their undocumented children are essentially takers, not producers.

Absent any evidence, such vilifying rhetoric appeals to the basest instincts among those who harbor a nativist world view and who equate undocumented immigrants with criminals. Second and more significantly, because Democrats (and many pro-amnesty Republicans) are insufficiently sympathetic to the demands of Americans for better security and tighter immigration controls, there must be tradeoffs if the ruling class is to be motivated to negotiate.

Rich Lowry notes in his Corner post that the president - as ever - took to Twitter last night.

They are people you might know. If you are a congressional Democrat, why would you agree to anything but a straight-up codification of DACA?

One way or another, people just want to know...what's the law that will be enforced? Ending DACA would reduce real gross domestic product by $72 billion, an American Action Forum study found.

The government "doesn't make us human", she said.

Just who are these black Dreamers? Guillén's death became a galvanizing point for advocates who pleaded with Trump to preserve DACA. They shouldn't be punished for the actions of their parents.

"But it's not our parents' fault".

Donald J. Trump is president of the United States.

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