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Democratic Sen. Tester, Who Voted Against DREAM Act, Criticizes Trump DACA Repeal

06 September 2017

Sessions argued the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children would be unlikely to withstand a promised court challenge from 10 state attorneys general, led by Texas.

The missive comes in a document obtained by ABC News that was provided to members of Congress in the aftermath of the Trump administration's decision that it will be ending DACA - the policy that protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S.as children.

While the program faces termination, Congress possesses a six-month window to pass bills aimed at immigration reform.

Phil Scott, Vermont's GOP governor, said Tuesday it was "unfortunate" that the Trump administration has made a decision to end DACA. He said he was not in favor of punishing children for the actions of their parents, but he added, "Young Americans have dreams, too". Tester is up for reelection next year in a state that Trump won by more than 20 percentage points. "But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws". I don't support what [Trump] did.

"Something else important for people at large, besides getting the word out about DACA [application] renewal, is calling your representatives and expressing what it is DACA is for all of us, not just the DREAMers", Sharuk said.

Sessions' announcement came the same day as a deadline set by a group of Republican state officials who said they would challenge DACA in court unless the Trump administration rescinded the program.

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Meanwhile civil rights organisations in NY have asked a federal judge to let them challenge Mr Trump's planned phase-out of the programme shielding young immigrants from deportation. Still, McCaskill issued a scathing statement Tuesday saying that deporting DACA recipients "is as dumb as it is counterproductive" and that more than "90 percent of them are in school or working and many have proudly served our country in uniform". The administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would allow young immigrants who grew up in the U.S.to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they complete a list of requirements.

Ignacio Hernandez, DACA recipient and president of Associated Students Government at City College: "I have a lot of goals". "Well today, he said the move to rescind DACA is cruel, wrong, and self-defeating".

The Penn State College Democrats tweeted a statement Tuesday evening in response to the Trump administration's decision.

"I think you saw a lot of decent, responsible people enter the program and contribute to society in overwhelmingly positive ways", the aide said, "and [recipients] became a case-study in why that group should have legal protections to begin with". KUSA reports that many of them carried messages that read "Defend DACA" and "Our Dreams Can't Wait". "We don't know much else because we both grew up here", Blanca said about Texas feeling more like home than anywhere else.

Indeed, North Dakota Sen.

Congressman Kevin Cramer says the DACA program was unlawfully put together by the Obama administration and needs to be resolved by Congress. He should recognize the energy and affection for America that Dreamers have as the same energy and affection that propelled him to the halls of the United States Congress. They have gone to college, joined the military, gotten jobs, even started businesses at a rate higher than USA citizens, according to a new survey by the National Immigration Law Center and other organizations.

Democratic Sen. Tester, Who Voted Against DREAM Act, Criticizes Trump DACA Repeal