Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

DACA Advocates Rally to Support Program

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

DACA Advocates Rally to Support Program

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Undocumented immigrants who urge for the continuation of a program that allows some to work in the United States said at a rally Friday that DACA allows them to live without constant fear of deportation.

More than 30 students, lawmakers and advocates rallied at the Statehouse in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy created under former President Barack Obama, just days ahead of a looming deadline for President Donald Trump to scrap it.

Trump is considering doing away with DACA, which grants two-year renewable work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, at the urging of a group of Republican attorneys general, including Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The group sent Trump a letter asking that he scrap the program that Obama implemented through executive order and gave him a Sept. 5 deadline.

If Trump doesn't do away with the program, the group said it will sue the federal government to end it.

"President Obama did a great disservice to many sincere and caring people by making promises that no president has the legal authority to keep," Schmidt said. "The problem with DACA is that it is unlawful. Under our Constitution, only Congress, not the president, has the power to change immigration law. Those who understandably feel strongly that the law should accommodate children brought to the U.S. at a young age and raised here would be well-advised to focus on persuading Congress to act."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a radio interview Friday that he didn't think Trump should rescind the program. He said he had conversations with the White House on DACA and that Congress needed to come up with a "humane" solution because Obama didn't have the authority to implement it under executive order.

"These are kids who don't know other countries, who were brought here by their parents and don't know another home," Ryan said.

Kansas Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins' spokesman, Michael Byerly, said in a statement that Jenkins expressed frustration with Obama's decision to create DACA through executive order. …

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