In September, the Trump Administration announced it would phase out the DACA program, put in place under the Obama Administration.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., got a promise from congressional leaders that they'd allow action on DACA as soon as this month as part of his price for voting for the tax bill last week. If Congress does not act immediately, approximately 8,000 Dreamers, each week, will lose their ability to work legally and become subject to immediate deportation early next year.
A prayer vigil for immigrant children who came to the country illegally but have status protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set to expire in March is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill.
As NAE's iMarch for Immigration is underway, lawmakers in Washington continue negotiations for a solution over the 1.3 million recipients of DACA, which is also know as the DREAM Act.
"If we don't have a permanent solution for these young people that means we'll be debating this in three years", he said.
Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient.
Democrats and some Republicans have called for approving a solution for those in limbo sooner rather than later, with Tuesday's letter from Republicans stating that "not acting is creating uncertainty and anxiety amongst immigrant communities".
Dozens of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 15, 2017 in New York City. A number of Senate and House Republicans say they want a deal.
"There is no crisis", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC News on Sunday.
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.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, as many as 3.4 million individuals would qualify under the 2017 version of the Dream Act, and over 1.5 million would eventually obtain a green card.
President Trump said a government shutdown is possible this weekend and is blaming it on Democrats' views on immigration.
"We all agree that our border must be enforced, our national security defended, and our broken immigration system reformed", the letter said. But many Republicans have been reluctant to pass such legislation unless it also includes immigration-enforcement measures, such as increased border security and employer screenings.
Denham is one of 34 House Republicans urging his leadership for a vote on DACA. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis Curbelo34 House Republicans demand DACA action this year House conservatives cast doubt on GOP leaders' shutdown strategy 12 House Republicans object to Alaska refuge oil drilling proposal MORE (R-Fla.), have vowed to withhold their vote for any must-pass end-of-year spending bill unless Congress legislates on Dreamer protections. "Reaching across the aisle to protect DACA recipients before the holidays is the right thing to do".