Local DACA protesters demand a new 'Dream Act'

Posted October 06, 2017

As of September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump called for a repeal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Permits must be renewed before midnight October 5.

Friday is the deadline for recipients to re-apply in DACA for the next two years before the program ends in March.

Last month-the Trump Administration stopped accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program; which protects almost 800,000 young people from deportation. Perdue said after the meeting that they discussed DACA, the RAISE Act, border security and e-verify as parts of a potential legislative solution.

"I think we have all been surprised that there has been some people coming forward, but we all know that there is a real absence of involvement by the community".

During the 30-day renewal period, local agencies like Schafer Law Firm and Concordia University of Law have offered their services free of charge to anyone looking to renew their status.

After Thursday, DACA recipients will no longer be able to renew their permits as Congress decides the future of the program.

People in the DACA program arrived in the United States as children, and have been allowed to remain in the country to work or attend school. President Trump has called on Congress to act, but has also said he will revisit the issue on his own without any action from Capitol Hill.

Mbanfu said there was initial hesitation about providing so much personal information to the government when President Barack Obama initiated the program in 2012.

Under the administration plan, no new DACA applications are being accepted.

Tuesday's hearing was the first time Trump administration officials testified before Congress since Trump made the decision to end the DACA program.

Cinthia Maldonado is here with what's next for those who didn't make the cut.

Nationally there are 48 thousand immigrants who qualify for DACA but have not reapplied for protection.

CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres said in a statement that the way the program was ended was "inhumane and arbitrary".

More than 800,000 youth have signed up and been approved for DACA, including 220,000 in Texas - the second-highest state with participants behind California. While most seem to agree with the idea of giving some type of temporary legal status to DACA recipients, they differ on the details and on whether a DACA-replacement bill should include other elements, like tougher border security.

But Marcela Hernandez, one of the organizers, said the protest was about more than DACA. "Only the Dream Act can protect these Americans from a president who tells them everything will be okay and then callously throws their lives into disarray".