MIRA holds rally in support of DACA program

Three'Dreamers originally from Ecuador gather for a protest in Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan Sept. 5

Three ‘Dreamers’ originally from Ecuador gather for a protest in Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan Sept. 5

DACA has permitted about 800,000 of these undocumented immigrants who are brought to the United States as children to work and to get an education. From community colleges to some of the country's most selective institutions, higher ed leaders were defiant.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the program would end in six months, on March 5, 2018.

Sessions also claimed, without evidence, that the program "denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens".

In 2014, the Migration Policy Institute estimated about 241,000 people who were eligible for DACA were enrolled in college. However, several economists said Sessions' claim that Dreamers took jobs away from U.S. residents are rated as false. Minutes after the announcement was made, rallies broke out in front of Trump Tower and at Foley Square in Manhattan. "We desperately need workers in this country", he added. The unemployment rate is near a 16-year low, and the number of available jobs in June reached the highest level on records dating to 2001.

It's up to Congress to do its job - and for that we're grateful to President Trump.

NAPOLITANO: We are going to continue to offer a DREAM Loan Program.

"Immigrants are the ones who show up looking for work", he said. "Congress must move quickly to pass this legislation".

The first problem with the bill is that it does not - and it cannot - stop with the "Dreamers".

Translation: He favors a legislative amnesty for the "Dreamers". The measure is co sponsored by Democratic Rep. Louis Gutierrez of Illinois. But on Thursday, under pressure from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Coffman dropped the discharge petition, which led Democrats to call Coffman's petition nothing more than a political stunt. It usurped Congressional authority, amounting to executive overreach.

"It just struck me as immoral and un-American to send children who are not responsible for the decisions of their parents back to a nation, wherever they come from, that they don't know", he said.

Deporting DACA recipients would reduce Social Security and Medicare tax revenue by $24.6 billion over a decade, according to research by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called Trump's plans "cruel, shortsighted and inhumane". It's not only bad policy; it's bad law. He is an ally of the Chamber of Commerce and a puppet of the corporate lobby. Napolitano is now the president of the University of California. So Napolitano is suing the Trump administration in federal court. "I really believe it, even very conservative members of Congress". It is hard to imagine a decision less reasoned, more damaging, or undertaken with less care. The proposals could discourage potential immigrants, including those with advanced degrees and skills, from entering the United States.

Support for the administration's decision has been scant.

Democrats and Republicans failed to fix the failing federal health insurance system known as Obamacare.

The program allows immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the United States, attend school and find jobs.

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