H.R.3440 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Dream Act of 2017

  • H.R.3440 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Dream Act of 2017

H.R.3440 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Dream Act of 2017

Approximately 60 students skipped class and convened in the Kimmel Center for University Life around 1:30 p.m. on November 9 to oppose President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on September 5.

President Donald Trump announced in September he would end the DACA, which was spearheaded by former President Barack Obama's executive order and protected thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the US illegally as children.

"I am here to support the NYU DREAM Team and undocumented students at NYU to insure that there are people here supporting them and that we want them to be safe and secure in their lives", Cook said.

In the video player above, FOX 5's political reporter Ronica Cleary reports from Capitol Hill.

Eva Malecki, a spokesperson for U.S. Capitol Police, said 15 people were arrested, all of them were adults. "Los Angeles County is home to the nation's largest concentration of DACA recipients", he said.

Today, November 9, marks two months since President Trump took away the DACA program affecting many immigrant students and their families.

At the rally Thursday, Benitez asked attendees to urge their representatives in Congress, especially Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, to sponsor and support a "clean" Dream Act (meaning, legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients without also boosting interior enforcement or funding the southern border wall).

He added, "I can tell you nearly every single Republican agrees that it's the responsibility of Congress not the administration to make immigration law".

Protesters filled the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building with a sea of orange shirts, with hundreds more lining several floors of balconies that ring the space.

Belen Sisa, an Arizona State University student and DACA recipient who was among those arrested, posted bail and had been freed by mid-afternoon. She said she is afraid of what could happen if Congress does not act. If they can't, I will revisit this issue! "We'll call, we'll send letters and we'll make sure that they hear our stories and our voices until they finally understand that this is important". "Otherwise, if there is more enforcement, people like me will be at risk of deportation and separated from our families".

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