1,850 lead­ers to Trump: Let DREAM con­tinue

End­ing pro­gram ‘ sense­lessly cruel’

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION - Alan Gomez @ alan­gomez USA TO­DAY

More than 1,850 lead­ers na­tion­wide pleaded with Pres­i­dent Trump on Wed­nes­day to pre­serve an Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gram that pro­tects DREAM­ers from de­por­ta­tion.

Trump is con­sid­er­ing end­ing the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram, or DACA. It has granted de­por­ta­tion pro­tec­tions to nearly 800,000 un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants brought to the coun­try as chil­dren.

Eight gov­er­nors, five state at­tor­neys gen­eral, more than 130 may­ors, 230 state leg­is­la­tors, and a slew of faith lead­ers, judges, po­lice chiefs and sher­iffs signed a state­ment to the pres­i­dent.

The vast ma­jor­ity of the sign­ers are Democrats, in­clud­ing all the gov­er­nors and at­tor­neys gen­eral. They rep­re­sent states rang­ing from Cal­i­for­nia and Ore­gon to Min­nesota, New York and Vir- ginia. The list in­cludes sev­eral Repub­li­cans, such as Mi­ami Mayor To­mas Re­gal­ado and Aurora ( Colo.) Mayor Steve Ho­gan.

In the let­ter, the group high­lights the eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tions DREAM­ers have made to their com­mu­ni­ties since the pro­gram was cre­ated in 2012. They said the U. S. econ­omy would lose $ 460 bil­lion over the next decade if DACA were ter­mi­nated.

The sign­ers stressed the moral obliga- tion of the United States to pro­tect those un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants, call­ing an end of the pro­gram “sense­lessly cruel.”

Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Trump vowed to end the pro­gram. Af­ter win­ning the elec­tion, Trump changed his po­si­tion, ex­press­ing sym­pa­thy for the young im­mi­grants and say­ing he would treat them with “great heart.”

Repub­li­can lead­ers in 10 states have threat­ened to sue the ad­min­is­tra­tion if it doesn’t end the pro­gram by Tuesday.

JUSTIN LANE, EURO­PEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Peo­ple mark the fifth an­niver­sary of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram this month.

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