Letter seeking DACA vote includes 5 Pa. House Republicans

Ilse Merlin

Ilse Merlin

It would apply to people who were children when they were brought illegally into the United States. 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. In addition, about 2,000 people converged on nation's Capitol Wednesday for a rally demanding a DACA solution.

This comes three months after President Donald Trump announced his plan to end DACA, an Obama-era immigration policy.

DACA will make no renewals after March 6, and Love said Congress must act quickly.

About 800,000 undocumented immigrants are now protected under the program, including more than 223,000 Californians.

The letter - signed by Nelsen, Sacramento Metro Chamber Vice President Robert Dugan, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber President Cathy Rodriguez, California Restaurant Association Senior Vice President Matthew Sutton and several Sac State "Dreamers" - cited a recent Fox News poll that found 86 percent of Americans, and 76 percent of Republicans, support giving "Dreamers" a permanent pathway to citizenship. At the time of Trump's announcement, DACA protected roughly 690,000 young immigrants, who are often called "Dreamers". Deporting them would cause "the disruption of our businesses and our way of life", he said.

Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient.

Changes to the law, if not postponed as lawmakers debate the issue, would affect more than 800,000 people nationwide including at least 7,000 in SC. "We can do this if we quit grandstanding and quit engaging in these sorts of stunts, and I hope we will." . Her parents gave up careers in Mexico and now work at menial, low-wage jobs, she said. It has brought me to this question: in the midst of a bipartisan debate on my future and the future of my country, can Members of Congress refrain from seeking the advice of individuals and organizations with current and well documented ties to white nationalism?

"We are compelled to act immediately because many DACA recipients are about to lose or have already lost their permits in the wake of the program's rescission", the House Republicans said in their letter.

"Thousands of DACA recipients live and work in my district, contributing to their community daily", Love said in a prepared statement. "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about".

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