"As of today, no more initial applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be accepted", says immigration attorney Rebecca Kitson.
"As President Trump's statements about Mexico and those with Mexican roots show, the President has demonstrated a willingness to disparage Mexicans in a misguided attempt to secure support from his constituency, even when such impulses are impermissible motives for directing governmental policy", the attorneys general wrote.
Trump on Tuesday moved to sunset the DACA program, acting in response to a threat from 10 states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent in late June, threatening Trump that they'd sue in an unfriendly court if the President didn't end the program by September 5.
In the House, the American Hope Act co-sponsored by 138 Democrats would codify DACA; in the Senate, the bipartisan Dream Act is co-sponsored by Sen.
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The plan to phase out Daca from next March, announced on Tuesday, now sits with Congress, which faces the challenge of pushing through legislation to reform an immigration system the Republicans consider too open.
Gutierrez delivered an impassioned defense of the program during the Democrats' weekly caucus meeting Wednesday morning. One main point people don't understand are requirements to receive DACA. In addition, they can't pose a national security threat to the United States. Who's expending some political capital? Who's writing the check so they can be free? You also had to be brought into the U.S. before your 16th birthday and you had to be in school, be a high school graduate or a U.S. military veteran. But that doesn't settle the matter. But Trump sided with the Democrats' three-month extension instead.
In the 16 years that President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama were in office, nothing was done by the Congress. Though they will deny it, the Republicans like the cheap labor that the business community applauds, and the Democrats like the cheap votes that government largess affords. Only 15 percent in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll said the Dreamers should be deported.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this week that the program known as DACA will be rescinded within six months. "Is it going to be better in December?"
"I wouldn't say it's a long shot, (but) I would say it is challenging, just because of the tradition against reviewing prosecutorial discretion", said Washington University law professor and Obama administration alum Stephen Legomsky. The ploy is shameful. "And I agree with them", he said. It has been misused and is burdening the American citizen who has to pay for all this.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have pulled DACA status for just over 2,000 people in the past five years.
"We're not waiting three months", she said.
Gutierrez warned that the delay not only risks alienating Hispanics, it also has practical effects for the hundreds of thousands of DACA enrollees.
"These 800,000 young people, you have upended their lives". I cannot think of the fear and the terror and the desperation that some of them are confronting.