Civil liberties groups denounced President Trump's decision Tuesday to phase out DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Of the almost 1.2 million eligible for DACA in 2014, the Migration Policy Institute estimated that 365,000 were in middle and high school and 241,000 were in college. "I like it that our states and localities are holding the federal government to account, expecting us to do what's our responsibility to the state and local and that's to enforce the law", Sessions said about that pressure.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) now protects almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.
"The president vowed to treat DREAMers with 'great heart.' How is this move treating them with great heart?"
Asked whether he's made a decision on DACA, Trump said: "Sometime today, maybe over the weekend".
And last week, Trump said, "We love the 'Dreamers, '" referring to undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children and want to continue living their lives in the country. Trump officials said that Dreamers may renew their legal status until October 5, which will give them two more years in this country. "They have an appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by our country". "Pushing them into the shadows would hurt our schools and communities".
Other Floridians have waded into the fray against ending DACA.
Scott says he doesn't favor punishing children who were brought into the United States illegally by their parents, though he didn't necessarily say he agrees with the program.
The Republican president has pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and keep Latin American immigrants from illegally entering the country by building a wall on the border with Mexico. "They are our coworkers and classmates, our teachers and neighbors, our doctors and soldiers".
As undocumented immigrants across the nation await the White House's decision on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, supporters of the program in Miami spoke out on behalf of those whose lives could be affected by the decision.
"We stand with our students who are DACA beneficiaries".
It protects around 750,000 people in the U.S. from being deported and privides them with temporary permits for work and study.