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When it comes to the debate over the fate of young undocumented immigrants in the DACA program, one of the staunchest defenders of the program's "Dreamers" has been Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin joined Republican colleague Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina to call for passage of the Dream Act, to ensure nearly 800-thousand DACA beneficiaries could remain in the U.S. He accused the President of an about face.



With the program set to end in six months, Durbin says DACA backers don't have the option of delays.



Graham said he always believed DACA was an overreach by President Obama, but he also equally understands the plight of the Dream Act kids who often know no other country than America.

 

Also, Senator Tammy Duckworth is offering a blistering critique of President Trump's decision to end the DACA program, which gives young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.


"Make no mistake—this decision is not about "rule of law," as Attorney General Sessions claims. This is a gut-wrenching betrayal of American values that leaves nearly 800,000 of our neighbors vulnerable to deportation and will tear families and communities apart. DREAMers are doctors, teachers, students and Servicemembers. They have mortgages and jobs. They know only one nation: the United States of America, which is where they were raised. To end a program that allowed these patriots to come out of the shadows and more fully contribute to this country is irresponsible and heartless. Congress must act NOW and pass legislation to make DACA the law of the land."

 
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