Friday, 23 February, 2018

Sacramento civic and business leaders urge local Congress members to fix DACA

Ilse Merlin Ilse Merlin
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 19:37

And the dynamics could even flip the conventional wisdom that the party controlling the federal government will get blamed for a shutdown, particularly since Donald Trump is nearly certainly spoiling for a fight.

Diaz, a Sac State junior majoring in child development, said she wants to continue to mentor at-risk teens, "but my future is in limbo", she said.

One student, Diego F. Salinas said his DACA will run out five months after he graduates from college.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll in September found that 86% of Americans support DACA, and 65% support both DACA and adding increased border security. "And if we don't have a heart, then we're not America".

Threatening my safety and almost 800,000 Dreamers like myself in exchange for a "deal" that includes a 50 percent reduction to annual immigration levels, a dramatic ramp up of enforcement amounting to a deportation force that will devastate our economy, separate families and swoop up our coworkers and neighbors who enrich our lives, is not compassionate nor reasonable.

"I was a year old", Randy Huerta said. "Took my first steps here".

"My work permit is expiring soon", she said.

"I do think that we are close in the Problem Solvers Caucus", Coffman said. "And we need to do this by the end of the year", Harris said. "We've done the right thing, gone to school, tried to make our communities better".

Some Democrats are demanding a legislative fix to protect what Dreamers already have. "They want to have illegal immigrants in many cases, people that we don't want in our country, they want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country". "We are people who want to work here".

Trump warned that any effort by Democrats to include DACA in a government funding measure could lead to a government shutdown.

In addition, Harrisonburg has previously been listed among some of the most affected places nationwide under President Trump's proposed travel ban, due to the Friendly City's immigrant population. "Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country".

Fact based analysis is critical to every policy debate, and it is a fact that now 86 percent of all Americans and 76 percent of Republicans support protecting Dreamers.

In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Denham said, "This DACA crisis, and it is a crisis, needs to get resolved immediately".

In the House, 34 Republicans wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., this week calling on him to do the same.

Students are also putting pressure on Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, who represents California's sprawling 4th Congressional District, located in the foothills and mountains east of Sacramento.

GOP leadership has expressed a willingness to include protections for dreamers in the long term spending bill in exchange for enhanced border security measures. They must have continuously lived in the USA since June 15, 2007; must now being in school or an honorably discharged military veteran; must have a clean criminal record; and not have lawful immigration status.

Under Trump's executive order, the DACA program is being phased out and is set to expire in March. There is huge and broad support to find a solution.