Hundreds of CEOs signed a letter Thursday extolling the virtues of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to remain in the country and receive work permits.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters last Friday that the program continues to be under review. President Trump promised to end the program while he was campaigning for the office, but by many accounts, is conflicted about what to do.
Only immigrants without criminal records who were brought to the country when they were younger than 16 years old are eligible for DACA work permits, which must be renewed every two years.
As we await a decision from the White House, it is imperative to emphasize the local and national consequences of shuttering such a critical program. Through no fault of their own, they grew up as undocumented immigrants, unable to fully engage in society. Trump doesn't have to end the program.
President Trump is mulling a split decision on the "Dreamers". But the DACA situation is a very, very - it's a very difficult thing for me because you know, I love these kids, I love kids, I have kids and grandkids.
"I've urged the President not to rescind DACA, an action that would further complicate a system in serious need of a permanent, legislative solution", Sen.
His administration faces a September 5 deadline for a decision, set by a group of state attorneys grappling with the issue in their states. They say they plan to come together to show their strength and solidarity against a cancelation of the program by the president.
"This is something that Congress has to fix", he added.
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