Dreamers await Trump's decision on DACA
September 01, 2017 10:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nearly 800,000 Dreamers are on edge as they await President Donald Trump’s decision on DACA, or Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals, which will be revealed Tuesday.
With an announcement in the White House briefing room, immigrant families learned the fate of DACA – born out of the Barack Obama administration in 2012 – will be revealed after the holiday weekend.
“The president has been very clear. He loves people, and he wants to be sure this decision’s done correctly. So that’s what he’s doing right now is finalizing that part,” said White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
But New Mexican Democrats believe they already know what President Trump will do on Tuesday. DACA supporters gathered on the University of New Mexico campus Friday, where they asked America to save the program that has allowed 787,000 young people to seek work permits and attend college without being deported.
“I am undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic,” said Jazmin, who spoke at the rally.
She is one of the 7,000 Dreamers in New Mexico, and just finished law school in May.
Meanwhile, her twin sister, Yazmin, is in medical school.
“We must continue to be visible,” Yazmin said. “We must continue to rise up and show our voices, and let people know that we are here to stay, that we are a productive part of this community.”
Republican officials from nine states are threatening to sue the Trump administration if DACA is not ended by Sept. 15, putting pressure on the White House to make a decision.
But New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas told a national audience on MSNBC that DACA should be preserved.
“I am encouraging the president to do the American thing, which is to allow these great individuals to pursue the American dream,” he said.
President Trump called the program illegal amnesty during his campaign, but he has been torn about what to do about it since taking office.
Updated: September 01, 2017 10:23 PM
Created: September 01, 2017 09:16 PM
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