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Trump ends DACA, AAFS fights back.

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his policy decision to officially terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 6 months, putting nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation if a deal isn’t made to protect them.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program enacted in 2012 under the Obama administration to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Through this program, DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” can obtain valid driver’s licenses, enroll in college, and legally secure jobs.

While DACA allows Dreamers to continue pursuing their career and education, it does not facilitate a path to citizenship. DACA applications additionally go through a list of requirements before being approved. Eligibility only extends to those who have arrived in the US before the age of 16, for example. Since DACA began in 2012, 787,580 people have been approved for the program.

Last week, when asked whether Dreamers have anything to worry about, Trump said, “We love the Dreamers.” Ironically however, Trump’s decision to end DACA this morning also meant a possible end to relative security, livelihood, and education in the US for these same dreamers.

The Trump administration’s recent decision to repeal DACA has caused a great outcry as Dreamers stand in limbo, unsure what the future holds for them. While Trump has decided to end DACA, there willl be a 6-month delay in any action regarding the program.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery, wrote in a letter to his state’s US senators about DACA stating: “Many of the DACA recipients, some of whose records I reviewed, have outstanding accomplishments and laudable ambitions, which if achieved, will be of great benefit and service to our country. They have an appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by our country.”

Protests and rallies are springing up across the country as Americans show their discontent with this decision. At the Federal Plaza in Chicago this evening, thousands will gather to show the 800,000 impacted people under DACA that they are not alone. Individuals who will be impacted by the DACA decision will share their testimonies and ask allies to defend all immigrants.

To learn more about the upcoming rally, find the event page here.

AAFS strongly believes in #ProtectionForAll and highly encourages YOU to show your support for DACA tonight and every day until the security of our Dreamers and of all Americans is realized.

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