White House Says Decision on DACA Program 'Has Not Been Finalized'

Randolph Lopez
September 1, 2017

Now Ms. Alvarez fears this week will bring another such announcement, only this time it will jeopardize everything she has worked to achieve. The program has granted deportation protections to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Activists on both sides of the issue - as well as some people close to the White House - strongly expect the president to announce as soon as this week that he will move to dismantle the program, perhaps by halting new applications and renewals. David Plouffe, a former senior adviser to president Barack Obama, recently wrote that ending the program would be an "moral and economic catastrophe".

Yet while state leaders may have some legal options to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program without Trump, they may be out of luck if the president decides to kill it himself. It has granted deportation protections to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

Colorado's DACA recipients also include Teach for America educators like Marissa Molina, who graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango.

The decision comes as several Republican attorneys general threatened to sue the Trump administration if the program was not ended by September 5th.

Trump could also simply ignore the deadline, leaving the matter up to Congress and the courts.

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10 year old Kathlina Borso at the computer stations in the Koelbel Library in Centennial with her mother Laura Peniche and siblings after school in Centennial, Colorado.

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"You have said that DACA students are 'incredible kids, ' and I very much agree". "We're creating a space for people to process". It never passed, which led Mr. Obama to use his executive authority to institute DACA. Only immigrants who arrived in the USA before 2007 and were under the age of 15 upon arrival are eligible for the program. They are required to renew their protections every two years.

Romero said DACA recipients have worked hard to capitalize on the opportunity provided to them.

However, she said, the worker - and the business - could get caught when the employee files his income taxes. But after graduation, the cruel reality of being undocumented still prevented me from working at a job I love and contributing to the economy and the community that I care about.

"If they have any humanity left in their hearts, they should leave DACA in place", said Ms. Fernandez, 29. "This affects people that had no choice".

The only way that the removal of DACA could potentially be helpful for these children is if the government has a program for immigration reform to back up the gaping void that's sure to be left behind in DACA's absence.

Trump, the most unpredictable and unconventional US leader in modern times, could still change his mind but three people knowledgeable with the situation say the president is expected to act before the Tuesday deadline.

Microsoft is the first major tech company to urge Trump to retain the program. August 16, 2015, NBC´s "Meet the Press" - "We're going to keep the families together". "I remember thinking (in 2012) that whatever was going to come of (DACA), it was going to be life-changing and transformational".

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