DACA

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The congressman for east-central Illinois supports President Trump’s announcement to end to the DACA program, because it forces Congress to take a stand.

Davis claims former President Obama said in 2012 that DACA, a program that helps children of illegal immigrants stay in the United States, was never meant to be permanent.

“It was just simply a change authored by the (Obama) administration and given to the Department of Homeland Security saying, ‘just use this rule,’” he said. 

More than 200 people rallied outside the state capitol building in Springfield over the weekend to show support for immigrants.

Standing in the shadow of the statehouse dome - right near a Lincoln statue - residents shared stories and support for people who have been living in the U.S. under the "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program, commonly referred to as DACA. The Trump administration has begun to phase it out.

Criticism is mounting over President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program protecting young, undocumented immigrants. The Catholic Dominican Sisters in Springfield recently added their voice to the crowd.

Sister Marcelline Koch said the religious group’s support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is rooted in teachings about welcoming the stranger and treating people with dignity and respect.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is rejecting calls for a state-level immigrants’ bill of rights.

It came a day after President Donald Trump announced he’s ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which deferred deportation proceedings for certain young undocumented immigrants. On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on Rauner to protect those so-called dreamers by establishing a bill of rights. But Rauner said it’s a federal issue.

DACA Supporters Rally At U Of I Urbana Campus

Sep 7, 2017
Illinois Public Media

University of Illinois students, faculty and staff rallied on the Urbana campus Wednesday in defense of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

About 150 people participated in the rally, where several speakers called on the federal government to keep DACA. President Donald Trump announced he’s phasing out the program.

Daisy Cordelia is secretary of the local chapter of Alpha Psi Lambda, the nation’s first co-ed Latino fraternity. She said DACA recipients are innocent, since they came to the United States as kids at the average age of six.

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