DACA Message — From the President

Jairo Reyes and Karen Cuadillo attend a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. where congressional Democrats defended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

Jairo Reyes and Karen Cuadillo attend a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. where congressional Democrats defended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

The Trump administration's announcement this week that it was ending an immigration policy for undocumented minor children brought to this county by their parents has generated protests from those opposed to the policy and legislation from Congress designed to blunt all or part of the administration's plan. Federal immigration services estimate more than 17,000 Coloradans are among them.

The Mississippi Immigrants' Rights Alliance held a rally Friday in support of the Deferred Action of for Childhood program.

The donor class - led by billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and George Soros - has given the establishment its marching orders: The "Dreamers" must stay. "We desperately need workers in this country", he added.

MIRA helps immigrants and refugees that come to the state. There are 241,000 DREAMers enrolled in college today according to the Migrant Policy Institute.

"Congress, I really believe, wants to take care of this situation", Trump told reporters.

President Donald Trump gave Congress six months to work through Immigration legislation. "Congress must move quickly to pass this legislation".

"It's disappointing, and it's just wrong at many levels", says Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system. The Dream Act will "provide certainty to the thousands of law-abiding Coloradan Dreamers and demonstrate bipartisan leadership on this important issue". Most were brought here by their illegal-immigrant parents where they attended school and obtained jobs. "But that's not what the action that the White House took today is about".

Translation: He favors a legislative amnesty for the "Dreamers".

The rest is complex. But even then, Trump hasn't said what exactly he's willing to support. It usurped Congressional authority, amounting to executive overreach. "We are a nation of laws, but we are also a nation of immigrants, compassion and common sense", the governors wrote.

At present, there are 800,000 DACA children - referred to as "Dreamers" - in America (20,000 in Massachusetts).

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called Trump's plans "cruel, shortsighted and inhumane". Colorado's Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman, was not among them. The activists brandished signs and chanted pro-immigration slogans in front of the busy intersection. Napolitano is now the president of the University of California. In a statement, Napolitano called the Trump administration's actions an "unreasoned executive whim".

"The University faces the loss of vital members of its community, students and employees", Napolitano said". The fault is theirs, and theirs alone. But DACA is different, he says, because it was supposed to open doors for deserving young people, not slam them shut. And now premium rates are skyrocketing 20 percent and higher in most states. "They should not be punished for a decision that was made by their parents years ago".

I hope that Trump does not capitulate to political and media pressure. They graduate in significant numbers. "I do have a big heart".

"My dream has always been to be someone in life".

Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, a company that makes recruiting software, also signed the business letter opposing Trump's decision. A similar measure, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico was introduced in January.

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