White House: 'Pathetic' Congress Couldn't Pass DACA Fix

White House: 'Pathetic' Congress Couldn't Pass DACA Fix

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra called Monday "a good day for the rule of the law" because Dreamers can report to school and work and, "We're not talking about young peoples' deportation and having their dreams crushed by the Trump Administration".

When the Trump Administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last fall, President Trump gave Congress six months to salvage the program, which protected almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. That essentially muted the March 5 deadline that Trump had set for the program, and Dreamers whose DACA permits expire can still submit applications to renew their protected status.

Erik Lopez, 19, a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a DACA recipient, attended the march in Washington and said he fears his studies in political science and criminal justice will go to waste if he loses the work permit tied to his DACA status. The case is tied up in appeals court and will likely end up before the Supreme Court in its next term.

Immigration advocates have used the unmet deadline as an inflection point to pressure Congress and the White House. In September, the administration said it was ending DACA, calling it an abuse of executive power, but gave Congress until Monday to develop a legislative fix.

"We are here to make sure they don't forget about us".

Hundreds of DACA supporters were expected to descend on Washington to push for permanent action.

Some 87 arrests were made, US Capitol Police reported.

Lawmakers had every opportunity to legislate a fix, but the fate of Dreamers has proved too divisive for Congress to resolve.

In January, the president proposed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants as part of an immigration package that included $25 billion for a wall and other border enforcement measures and sharp cuts to legal immigration.

The American Civil Liberties Union has partnered with immigration rights groups to launch a campaign on social and online media that demands Trump support viable legislation that protects Dreamers.

A Senate attempt to pass bipartisan legislation on immigration failed.

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