Supporters of DACA program gather in Grand Rapids

Opponents of DACA said the program is unlawful.

About 10,000 immigrant youths in CT are shielded from deportation under an Obama-era executive order known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Pointing to the 25,000 DACA-eligible individuals living in Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin counties, Congressman Denham emphasized that Dreamers are significant drivers of the local economy. In discussing the politics of discontinuing DACA, “the problem for Republicans is that as much as they dislike the program because of the way Obama started it – they said it was unconstitutional, that he had no right to create it, that it was amnesty, et cetera – once it comes down to actually taking away protections from people, that’s something that is a lot harder”. FWD.us hosted the discussion. “I will fight for DACA and I won’t leave until I’ve won”, she said. For Alvarez, the DACA program is a way to become successful and achieve the American dream.

Inslee said Washington state will seek to intervene in the lawsuit, if it happens, and pursue other ways to protect DACA recipients who live, work and go to school in Washington.

With a decision from the White House expected soon, immigrant youths and their advocates made one last push in Hartford Wednesday to convince President Donald J. Trump to maintain their protected status.

“We are deeply grateful for Congressman Denham’s extraordinary leadership to pass a bipartisan legislative solution to protect 800,000 hardworking Dreamers”, added Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us.

We asked Long Islanders at the protest what DACA means to them. “The only flag that they pledge allegiance to is that of the United States”.

The DACA program permits undocumented students, commonly referred to as “dreamers”, to continue their studies in the United States without fear of deportation.

“I was able to work, provide for myself, be able to pay for college, but also provide for my family”, said Lucas Codognolla, executive director of Connecticut Students for a Dream.

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