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#DefendDACA Hits Home in Michigan

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the administration of President Donald Trump plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program established by former President Barack Obama in 2012.

Sessions, in his announcement, said one of the issues at hand is the question over whether Obama overreached his authority as president by issuing an executive order to institute a policy that has allowed 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States so long as they are holding a job, pursuing higher education and do not have a felony, among other requirements.

“The nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants we allow each year,” Sessions said in the press conference.

But others, including Michigan United – an organization fighting for immigrant rights through legislative reform – disagree.

“The Trump administration’s revocation of DACA is another broken campaign promise that seriously endangers millions, fractures untold numbers of families and communities, and shows the urgent need to protect the country with the DREAM Act,” said Adonis Flores of Michigan United, in a statement.

“Many younger immigrants brought here as children now threatened with deportation have no memory of the countries from which they immigrated and are pillars of their families and communities,” Flores said. “They are breadwinners, they serve our country in the military, they are students, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers that have a right to be with their families.”

Michigan United is organizing several rallies in various locations throughout Michigan in support of DACA and defending its existence, including:

  • Press conference at 3:30 p.m. in Detroit at 1500 Scotten Street
  • March/Rally at 5 p.m. in Kalamazoo at Bronson Park; and
  • Community town hall at Western International High School in Detroit at 7 p.m., 1500 Scotten Street

The six-month delay on rescinding DACA is to allow Congress time to create and/or implement immigration reform policies, Sessions said, despite Congress has been overwhelmingly unable to come to a consensus on the matter to this point.

Bipartisan legislation, known as the DREAM Act, has been introduced and reintroduced to create a multi-phase process for qualifying immigrant minors in the United States to grant conditional residency and ultimately permanent residency. The bill was first introduced in 2001 but saw its closest successes during the Obama administration years of 2009-2012.

Danielle Emerson

Danielle Emerson