Trump to end 'Dreamer' program, with 6-month delay for Congress to act

It also made higher education more affordable and, most importantly, protected them from deportation.
By Jackie Flores | Sep 06, 2017
President Trump will reportedly end the DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative also known as the "Dreamer" program, but will delay its demise by 6 months to give Congress a chance to pass legislation protecting the nearly 1 million immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Former President Obama created the DACA program, which protected young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors or who overstayed their visas by allowing them to get two-year, renewable work permits and drivers licenses. It also made higher education more affordable and, most importantly, protected them from deportation.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina criticized Obama's executive action, saying it was a "presidential overreach," but adding that that DACA recipients "know no country other than America," according to a report by Bloomberg.

"If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma," Graham said, in a statement.

Two Republican senators already have introduced bills to extend protections for Dreamers. The Bridge Act (S.128) would protect DACA recipients for three years while Congress hammers out a more permanent solution and the Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615) would make parts of the DACA program permanent.

Sixty-four percent of Americans support saving the DACA program, including 41 percent of Republicans, according to an NBC/Survey Monkey Poll released last week.

"I can only work through DACA," said 26-year-old Ricardo Amaya, who now attends George Mason University and works for a technology company where he has helped develop a number of computer applications, including for the U.S. Navy, as reported by The Washington Post. "This has helped me, getting me out of the shadows, off the ground."

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