Trump Administration to end DACA program

Sparks rallies across the U.S., including at Illinois State University

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Trump Administration is canceling a program which allowed undocumented immigrants brought to America as children to stay and work legally.

An estimated 800,000 DACA recipients are given work permits which last for two years. The administration will phase out the program by allowing current permits to expire. Requests for new permits which have already been submitted will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Protestors demonstrated against the President's decision outside the White House. WMBD is also at a rally on the campus of Illinois State University, which began at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday.

U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a statement Tuesday morning following the announcement by the Attorney General.

"Starting this countdown clock will require Congress to act fast to stop rolling mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of young people—students, teachers, doctors, engineers, first responders, service members, and more. Families will be torn apart and America will lose many of our best and brightest unless Republicans join with Democrats to right this wrong immediately. I first introduced the Dream Act sixteen years ago to ensure these young people could stay here, in the only country they’ve ever known. Now Congress must act on this bipartisan bill, and act now. These families cannot wait."

U.S. Senator and Democrat Tammy Duckworth also weighed in on the administration's decision from today. In a statement she says:

"Make no mistake this decision is not about 'rule of law' as Attorney General Sessions claims. This is a gut-wrenching betrayal of American values that leaves nearly 800,000 of our neighbors vulnerable to deportation and tears families and communities apart."

U.S. Representative and Republican Adam Kinzinger also released a statement about the decision, saying:

"America is a nation of laws and it is the sole responsibility of congress to create and pass legislation. President Obama bypassed congress when he originally created the program, but in doing so, he offered a pathway for these individuals to get right with the law. In 2015, I voted to support DACA because I believe these children, who only know America to be their home, deserve and opportunity to be here legally. With that said, Congress now has an opportunity to act on immigration reform and we have the support here to do it."

We will have more on the DACA decision on WMBD News tonight.
 


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