‘This Needs To Stop Now’: Immigration Activists Rally on Capitol Hill, Demand Congress Act on DACA

Immigration activists converged Wednesday on Capitol Hill to demand that Congress pass a permanent solution for the “dreamers” who were brought into the United States illegally as children.

Activists called on Congress to pass a new law before the year’s end. The Western Journal was on scene as one woman described children being fearful and uncertain of their immigration status.

“New York is here today to remind this administration, this Congress, that we need to do something about the New York dreamers and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients who are in need of a solution, of a permanent solution,” she said.

She added, “We have undocumented youth who are anxious every day, trying to figure out what’s going to happen to them. We have families that are continuing to be broken apart. And we have a Congress that’s absolutely refusing to do anything to protect our immigrant communities.”

“This needs to stop now!”

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The rally attracted activists from all around the country.

The crowd chanted phrases in Spanish like, “Sí, se puede!” — which translated to English means, “Yes, we can.”

The Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was issued as executive order by the Obama administration in 2012. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time.”

Those under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, who had come to the United States prior to their sixteenth birthday and had no criminal record (among other qualifications), would be given “deferred action” status for a period of two years. This status, which was subject to renewal, allowed them to stay in the U.S. without fear of being deported.

Deferred action did not provide legal status, although those registered would be given work eligibility.

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As reported by CNN, President Donald Trump ended the executive order in September, but gave Congress the opportunity to pass legislation for those affected by DACA.

The current deadline for Congress to act on DACA legislation is March 5.

On Tuesday, 34 House Republicans wrote signed a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan calling on him to make passing legislation by the end of the year a priority.

Caterine DeCicco is The Western Journal’s Washington, D.C. video producer.