It's probably not a surprise to readers of this newspaper that I oppose the Administration's move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for children of undocumented immigrants who had no say in whether they were brought to this country.
"The President is focused on making sure that in the efforts of these ongoing conversations between both Democrats and Republicans, that we deliver on responsible immigration reform". Trump has given Congress six months to consider whether to preserve the policy or terminate it. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has most recently GOP working group on DACA. Now Trump has offered to extend the program to allow almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country under two-year work permits.
DACA has been widely discussed because of Trump's tough immigration positions and the implication that continuing or ending DACA will have on hundreds of thousands of American workers. It's also no big stretch for Democrats to go along with increased border funding.
"Once this opportunity came in 2012, it was basically a blessing - an opportunity", she said.
"I've joined the DREAM Act which would legalize their status in this country permanently". "Although these students may have been brought to the US illegally, they have taken all the required steps to demonstrate that they intend to become contributing citizens". The protections it offered were needed then and now, sheltering those brought here so young that many have no memory of their birth country.
"I think there is a possible transaction here", Cuomo said.
Psychology sophomore Diana Prieto encouraged crowd members to keep calling their representatives and to keep fighting. She said it does not matter whether or not she and Trump like each other.
"I'm hoping that this is a moment where we are forced to finally do something", Sen.
"It gives you a different view of life", she said.
The average earning of DACA recipients is $41,000 per year, he said, noting that 72 percent have earned at least a bachelor's degree, a much higher percentage than the USA -born population. "We live the same life".
"He's always watching the news", she said. I'll tell you what you get for passing the Dream Act.
Community Colleges such as Chabot College in Hayward support DACA students and is also trying to get the word out to renew applications. "Rescinding DACA therefore represents a threat to public mental health, and it is a humanitarian imperative for healthcare providers and public health officials to take an active role in countering that threat", they wrote.
The event concluded with a prayer and a short chant led by Meraz:"Sí se puede", which translates to "Yes we can".