DACA Renewal Deadline Hits; Dallas' DocuFest Opens This Weekend

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Immigration activists planned a series of demonstrations Thursday to protest the renewal deadline, and to call for continuation of the DACA program.

Critics also say the administration should make special consideration for DACA recipients in states hit by hurricanes Irma and Harvey, though DHS did announce Tuesday it would make case-by-case decisions for recipients in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria.

"To me, the resolution was a statement that the County values our Dreamers and we have a welcome sign at the door", Hartmann said in an email.

The main goal for Torres, though, is a clean Dream Act.

DREAMers, defined as, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors act, and the term often used to describe people who want to live out their dream here in the United States. She told Channel 9's Johny Fernandez that she fears President Donald Trump's announcement to end the program could mean she'll be deported to Mexico, a country she left when she was 11 years old.

"It's critical that we get the support of our Colorado congressional delegation for a commonsense piece of legislation that addresses so many issues both for the government and for those of us who stand to be impacted", Dorado says, referring to more than 17,000 Colorado DACA recipients.

"Today we're going to show determination, we're going to show that we have pride, that we are here to stay".

"To pass a clean Dream Act, that's compassion and it is compassionate to say that ultimately we will pass comprehensive immigration reform", Sen.

The group's Colorado organizer, Kaytia King, told Denver7 they support sensible border security, fixing a broken visa system and establishing a pathway to citizenship. "They want a chance at life, that's what we all want", neighbor Eric Molina said.

The lawsuit, which was filed in a Maryland federal court Thursday, argues that the termination of the DACA program didn't follow the necessary procedures, and is discriminatory against Mexicans and Central Americans. "I think sometimes there's this misconception that [undocumented students] are here to take funds away from students...but the fact of the matter is that they had to get here, to earn their spot, just like every other student", he said.

Supporters of DACA said the application fee, which is almost $500, is hard for many to pay.

Bay Area immigration attorney Christopher Kerosky pointed out that President Trump's 2-year renewal period for DACA youth only applied to a small number of DACA recipients. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Trump had agreed in principle to pair Dream Act-style legislation with border security ― nothing more.

He, too, urged Congress to come up with a better replacement as he begins to phase out the program. "Taxes first and then we could solve DACA", recounted McCarthy, who was among the small group of GOP lawmakers at Monday night's dinner.

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