North Jersey Dreamers hopeful, cautious after DACA deal

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GONZALES: And so by that, she means that they don't want a deal that would, let's say, implement the E-Verify system, which requires employers to check the legal status of people they hire. Existing DACA applications would still be processed.

An attorney for the Trump administration, however, said in court on Thursday, after being pressed by a judge, that they will consider extending the deadline.

His father arrived in the USA in 2006 on an H-1B work permit along with the family, and Gupta duly joined high school; later his parents applied for permanent residence (or the green card), which was unfortunately denied when his father lost his job and fell out of status. "Rescission of work authorization will threaten DACA grantees' ability to support themselves and their families, and the forced separation of ME families that will result from DACA's rescission will further jeopardize the health and well-being of ME residents".

"No deal was made last night on DACA", the president tweeted Thursday.

Hearing arguments related to a lawsuit brought by a Queens DACA recipient in order to stop the end of the program, Judge Nicholas Garaufis urged the government to push back its October 5th deadline for the approximately 154,000 people who could reenroll in it, since the only people potentially hurt by the end of the program would be Dreamers themselves. The passing of the Dream Act by Congress is long overdue. "We are looking at allowing people to stay here".

UC Berkeley, the University of San Francisco and many other campuses are offering free legal advice to immigrant students now facing fears of deportation. Instead, employers may want to circulate a message of support to all employees, indicating that employees may come forward voluntarily to seek immigration support if they so choose or provide links to resources that may be helpful.

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To demonstrate their conviction, clergy members knelt on the concrete outside the Capitol and washed the feet of DACA recipients, mirroring a moment in Christian Scripture in which Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper. Only about 8,000 Dreamers live in MA, but almost 20,000 immigrants in the state are DACA-eligible.

In addition to Trump, Acting Homeland Security Department Secretary Elaine Duke is named as a defendant.

GONZALES: Well, I'm hearing a lot of skepticism, you know, a feeling of whiplash.

Many Indian DACA recipients have embarked on successful careers in the fields of business, medicine and architecture, adds Mehta. Join us in the Global Nation Exchange on Facebook to discuss. The group is trying to get the word out about DACA fee assistance and renewal workshops, with one scheduled for nearly every day this month. Trump's voters have proven to be willing to fall in line behind his own preferences, and not all of them are as hostile to DACA as his most aggressive supporters on Twitter. But the week still has two days to run, and there are bound to be more developments. They're anxious about how they'll pay for school if they can't work. Most come from Mexico.

Pelosi at her weekly press conference Thursday clarified Democrats had not reached agreement with Trump on a proposal. But they've been comforted by the outpouring of help from community groups, lawyers and city officials.

She also reached out to the broader higher education community in a September 8 column for Inside Higher Ed, an online website, stressing that higher education should "consider doing something we rarely do - join forces across industries and social organizations to let Congress know how wide and deep the demand is to provide an effective legal remedy for Dreamers".

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