Local DACA recipients looking to legislators to pass 'Clean Dream Act'

Daily Texan Staff

Daily Texan Staff

In October, he joined a Republican-led effort, known as the SUCCEED Act, that proposes rigorous vetting requirements for young immigrants to "earn the right to citizenship" over a 15-year period.

"It is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year", the letter said.

The date of the vigil, December 7, marks the midpoint between when President Donald Trump announced in September the rescinding of the DACA program - that took effect in 2012 - and its expected legal end in March. "We can do this if we quit grandstanding and quit engaging in these sorts of stunts, and I hope we will." .

"It's the federal government's responsibility to establish immigration laws that work for American families while welcoming those wanting to become law-abiding citizens of the United States", he said.

Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient. Snyder created the office by executive order in 2014 to aid in coordinating immigrant services such as licensing, job training, education and housing programs.

"We were kind of in limbo", Jimenez said.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both said in recent days that they don't consider it urgent legislation. "There's no emergency. The president has given us to March to address it".

Groups like the Center for Immigration Studies, Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, Immigration Reform Law Institute and Californians for Population Stabilization want people to think they support finding a compassionate and sensible solution for Dreamers, but how can they when for years they have attacked us and other immigrants through backdoor legal assaults and draconian legislative demands. There are DACA recipients who are as American as myself.

Snyder said in a weekend commentary that immigrants help "make America great" - a clear allusion and rebuttal to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

"Thousands of lives are already at risk and if Congress fails to act, many more dreamers - including more than 75,000 LGBTQ dreamers - will also be forced to face the real and unsafe threat of deportation", said Alejandro Avil├ęs, HRC's Director of Outreach and Engagement.

They said they "agree that our border must be enforced, our national security defended and our broken immigration system reformed". "They then go on to write, "(DACA recipients) are American in every way except their immigration status".

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