1,850 leaders to Trump: Let DREAM continue
Ending program ‘ senselessly cruel’
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.
People mark the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program this month.