FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Students who could be facing deportation will be holding a rally Tuesday in Stamford against President Donald Trump's plan to end the DACA program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
And Sen. Richard Blumenthal is blasting the announcement, which is expected Tuesday from Trump.
DACA allows some undocumented youth who were brought to this country as young children to apply for work permits and gain protection from deportation. About 8,000 in Connecticut and 800,000 in the U.S. are protected under it.
As a response to the expected announcement, undocumented youth and their allies will rally at 6 p.m. at Trump Parc Stamford, 1 Broad St., Stamford.
“We are doing this action because we know that killing DACA for 800,000 who are thriving is immoral and wrong," said Yeni Cortes, a DACA recipient and student at Eastern Connecticut State University.
"Congress needs to act fast. They should protect immigrant youth and not throw our parents under the bus — youth will not be used as bargaining chips for more deportations of our parents and friends."
Blumenthal will also urge bipartisan action to protect DACA students, also known as Dreamers.
“President Trump's reported decision ending DACA betrays American values and America's promise to the Dreamers," he said. "Threatening deportation will cruelly disrupt and derail hundreds of thousands Dreamers' lives – and cost America their enormous skills and energy. Just days ago the president called the Dreamers 'terrific' and said 'we love' them, making his plan the height of hypocrisy and inhumanity. I pledge to redouble our bipartisan fight to pass the Dream Act."
Also, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman have joined a coalition of leaders from across the country in a new “We Are With Dreamers” statement. it calls on Trump to preserve the DACA program and for Congress to pass a standalone version of the bipartisan Dream Act. To date, over 1,860 leaders have signed onto the statement.
“Since President Obama initiated DACA, thousands of residents have come forward out of the shadows to safely pursue a brighter future,” Malloy said. “To deny undocumented youth who have grown up in America with access to affordable higher education and work opportunities goes against the very core of who we are. ... The rollback of DACA would be a disastrous mistake for not only Dreamers – but our entire nation."
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