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Ventura County has 12,000 residents eligible for DACA. Some of them are students here at VHS

But Stanton, Pastor, Gallego and Valenzuela are urging Duke to extend the deadline, calling the current October 5 deadline "arbitrary and capricious and only serves to impose extreme hardship on the thousands of hard-working DACA recipients in our state who will not be allowed DACA renewals".

In extending that forbearance to the Dreamers, allowing them for the past five years to go to school, to work, and to contribute to our society, the president did nothing exceptional or outside his authority.

That also would include making the e-verify program - a check if an individual is able to work legally in the United States - "mandatory for all employers".

In Oakland, staff at Centro Legal de la Raza organized two major DACA clinics and did one-on-one, in-house renewals since Trump announced the end of the program on September 5.

The Trump Administration last month announced its intention to phase out DACA in six months.

A Senate hearing on Tuesday highlighted the emotional divide over how Congress should respond to illegal immigration. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed that Trump had agreed to support already-existing legislation that grants certain Dreamers a pathway to citizenship. Even former President Barack Obama joined in the outcry with a poignant Facebook post, in which he called the decision to end DACA "cruel".

Sarah Hawkins, a UNO student and one of the organizers of the event, said the goal was to "express allyship and action against the recently released statements jeopardizing DACA and Dreamers".

Hours later, DHS moved to distance the administration from Dougherty's testimony. "The White House will be issuing its priorities for immigration reform in the coming week".

Protests were launched throughout the country after President Donald Trump's announcement regarding DACA. If legislative action is not taken, DACA recipients could begin to lose benefits on March 6, 2018.

It's hard to read the president's intentions on this one, but we've always argued that an executive order is the wrong way to solve an immigration policy issue: The Dreamers should be dealt with humanely within a comprehensive congressional immigration reform measure. He said the administration also wants to expand its ability to quickly remove people who enter illegally and do not claim asylum.

Many advocates said they're concerned recipients won't make the deadline due to lack of information or funds.

"I feel like this is just going to be going on for a long time", Gonzalez said.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, called for additional border security measures to be included in any potential deal, along with a mandate for employers to use a stringent system to verify the immigration status of workers. "A desire to secure the border as promised?" he asked.

Later that same day Trump said, "We're not looking at citizenship, we're not looking at amnesty".

Molinar, a communication fellow for the New Mexico Dream Team, the largest youth-led undocumented organization in the state, was brought to the USA when she was 13-years-old, but missed the cutoff for deferred action benefits under Obama by just one month. "John Kelly, who attended that dinner, said there's no deal", Cotton said.

"It's been pretty steady", she said. The Senate Republican leadership, in particular, seems to have no interest in acting. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity.

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