Local DACA supporters, lawmakers speak out ahead of Trump announcement

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday President Donald Trump should hold off on repealing the Obama-era DACA program. File

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, has allowed 800,000 undocumented immigrants to receive work permits, instead of being deported.

Ryan said he believes Obama exceeded his authority in creating DACA by executive order, bypassing Congress, but therenow are "people who are in limbo".

The expected decision, with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions scheduled to hold a briefing at the Justice Department on Tuesday, would amount to a six-month extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA programme, to give Congress time to devise an alternative.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Inslee urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to maintain protections for DACA recipients.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who helped draft a recent bill for a new path to USA citizenship, said Monday he would support the President's ending the DACA program if Congress gets a chance to replace it.

"I'm afraid that I'll lose this opportunity to go to college", said Araceli Garcia Garnica, a DACA recipient from Greensboro.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump wants to see "responsible immigration reform" from Congress.

"I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents", Mr. Trump said. The threat: Sunset DACA by September 5 or the states will try to end it in court. "I have my legal residency but I'm still an advocate for DACA because like I said, I grew up as a dreamer and I know how important it is for DACA to remain", said Sanchez Valdez.

But, as the children, called "dreamers" like Baltimore woman Nathaly Uribe Robledo anxiously wait for the president's decision, she wonders if she'll have to leave the USA for a country she doesn't know. Most of the people protected under DACA have no connection to the countries they would be forced to return to, and separating families in such a brutal manner even looks bad to the GOP.

On Sunday, Trump made a decision to end the program, which was put in place by a 2012 executive order, in six months - effectively putting the ball in Congress' court on whether to scrap or save the controversial program. Many people have protested the end of the program and discussed fear of deportation.

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