DACA Deadline Looming for Thousands in Arkansas

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For nearly a quarter of the Dreamers protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program today might be the last time they ever get to renew their status under DACA.

When President Trump ended the program in September, he, too, claimed to support the Dreamer community calling on congress to pass a legislative fix to replace DACA. He has also called DACA recipients "incredible kids" and states "he has a love for these people". All people had to do was pay a $465 fee and provide all their contact information, which undocumented people have always known to be a unsafe thing to submit to the government.

There was a happy-hour fundraiser in Brooklyn and a bake sale in Texas. "There are new ideas on the table for fixing the legal immigration system and we will be debating those bills in the months ahead". On Tuesday, last-minute applicants were still seeking help.

Trump and other top administration officials have urged conservative Republicans in Congress to craft legislation protecting "Dreamers" brought illegally to the United States as children. "So there has to be a negotiation that occurs between the House and the Senate", Cotton said. Former Obama pollster Cornell Belcher said that Democrats have to "thread a fine needle" because Americans by and large "feel as though their borders need to be more secure".

Before hiring an immigration service group or submitting paperwork, Schneiderman said people should know that the Department of Homeland Security won't accept new DACA applications.

When President Donald Trump announced plans early last month to phase out a federal program that shields almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation, two heartbroken legal assistants packed up at their North Austin office and went home.

California lawmakers are working vigorously to defend DACA with a lawsuit against Trump's actions.

If Congress fails to act by March, dreamers' work permits will begin to expire and they will become subject to deportation. "No fear! Everyone is welcome here!" while holding signs with messages supportive of DACA. This week, a coalition of business and tech leaders is flying in more than 100 undocumented immigrants to lobby lawmakers. They are also backed by hundreds of business and religious leaders and university presidents.

Though Trump denied at a press gaggle the next day he had reached a definitive agreement with the top Democrats, his statements since then indicate the he is certainly more open to extending deportation protection to the "Dreamers" than he was while campaigning for the presidency a year ago.

"Any potential deal on DACA has to include robust border security, and by that I don't mean a wall", Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in an opening statement, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"Imagine telling 800,000 young people, bright young people, exemplary young people ... that they are going to lose their legal protections", Sanders, an independent who ran for president as a Democrat, said to the estimated 350 union members and activists at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

"They have a carrot, and it's DACA", he said.

Some panelists expressed concerns that rescinding DACA would negatively impact the national economy by not allowing undocumented immigrants to hold jobs that would contribute to the nation's economic development. They are simply trying to be a part of a country that always tell them to dream big and there are endless possibilities.

Miyagishima said he supports efforts to help the young immigrants stay in the country.

The DACA program applies to those who came to the United States before their 16th birthday and prior to June 2007. She stressed that this doesn't account for all renewals filed in NYC, Long Island and Westchester County, though "we do do a disproportionately high number".