Dubbed the Succeed Act, the bill is Tillis and Lankford’s attempt at replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after the Trump administration’s announcement earlier this month that it would be ending the program in March 2018.
By reaching out to the Mission Asset Fund, this nonprofit will pay for DACA renewals in full within 48 hours of request. That might include amendments slashing legal immigration or advancing President Donald Trump’s border wall.
In his statement regarding his tweet stating the repeal of the DACA program, Trump said that “the temporary implementation of DACA by the Obama Administration, after Congress repeatedly rejected this amnesty-first approach, also helped spur a humanitarian crisis… in some cases, young people who would become members of violent gangs throughout our country”.
The short notice has many recipients scrambling for legal and financial assistance. She also acknowledged that the cost of the fees is an issue for some immigrants.
In accordance with California state laws AB 540 and AB 60, students still have a right to attend college, qualify for in-state tuition, and apply for a driver’s license regardless of immigration status. They are people like Ahtziry Barrera, the 2016 Colonial High School valedictorian who attends Rollins College, and helps her father run a small business that employs US citizens. “If legal advice is available, why not take advantage?” The process of renewal can take time, so the sooner it is done, the better the outcome.
Republicans know that most Democrats ― and many Republicans ― want a permanent legislative resolution for DACA recipients.
Luckily for previous DACA recipients of the College of Staten Island, President William J. Fritz sent out an email to the college population, informing them that their rights would remain protected at the college. This bill would grant non-immigrant status to DACA eligible individuals. They can feel safe knowing that their professors have their backs, that their faculty will do what they can to help them, that their police officers want to protect to them and don’t see them as a threat.
What’s more, top Democrats still believe they have a partner in President Trump.
“It’s a crime that many families deal with”, Esquivel said in disgust.
The deadline remains even though District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who officiated the hearing about allowing the government to end DACA entirely, said that it should be extended.
The Trump administration earlier this month announced a phaseout, saying all current two-year permits will be honored and those whose permits expire over the next six months can quickly apply for a new extension, but it must be in by October 5. But those with permits that expire on or before March 5, of 2018, can reapply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
That’s a far cry from winning approval in the U.S. Senate and House, of course. Diaz says she played a significant role in piercing the fog of uncertainty that lay thick following the order for DACA rescission.
In the meantime, Arroyo plans to talk with an immigration attorney to explore her options.
Lankford and Tillis, at the press conference introducing the measure, called for stronger requirements to stop illegal immigration while also allowing for a kinder approach to dealing with the Dreamers.
For the past five years, almost a million immigrants in this country have been able to go to school, work, start businesses, buy homes and build lives here because of this program.
Listen above to hear what she hopes the future holds for DACA recipients.