"...The 31-year-old Austinite – brought to this country from Mexico by his parents when he was 2 years old – sees protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Since 2012, DACA has granted two-year safeguards to undocumented residents, including 120,000 Texans who came to the U.S..."
"...In perhaps one of his cruelest decisions to date, President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA, after a six-month phase out...."
"...On Friday, Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt signed on to a letter addressed to Attorney General Ken Paxton urging the AG to back off his attack on recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children two years of protection from deportation and the ability to work and study. Texas, and nine other states, think the extremist and anti-immigrant President Donald Trump apparently isn’t tough enough when it comes to DACA, an Obama-era program started in 2012..."
"...Lopez reunited with her mother in Houston and from there poured her energy into schoolwork, graduating in the top 10% of her high school class, which earned her a spot at UT-Austin. Still feeling like an outsider, Lopez says her life changed when she secured Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the federal program that allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children the ability to work and study without the threat of deportation..."
"...In a move former President Barack Obama aptly deemed "cruel" and "self-defeating," last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the Trump administration, called for a six-month wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, handing Congress the task of ironing out a possible legislative solution for the 800,000 recipients – undocumented immigrants brought to the country by their parents as children – by March 5. So what happens in the meantime for the more than 120,000 recipients in Texas?..."
"...The switch from S-Comm to PEP was part of a larger attempt at executive branch immigration reform undertaken by the Obama administration. It expanded eligibility under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which would allow undocumented parents of U.S..."
"...Charles Holm, a graduate student and group member, said UT officials should take a position against SB 4 the way other local leaders have. "Perhaps there hasn't been as much discussion [about SB 4 on college campuses] because people assume that DACA would protect the students that were here," he said, in reference to the Obama-era program that grants two years of protections to undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children..."
"...Alvarado was born in Querétaro, Mexico, and moved to the United States when she was 6. Now a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary, she is afforded certain protections from the threat of deportation..."
"...Dear Editor, Eight hundred thousand Americans trusted our government when they registered to become "legal" under the DACA program. They believed that by following the rules, this country, into which they arrived as children and for all intents and purposes is their home country, would accept them as legal immigrants. Now, Trump has terminated the DACA program [“Trump Ends DACA Program,” Daily News, Sept..."
"...Another evergreen reminder: Immigrants should not be scared off by misinformation about the ACA or concerns of family members' statuses being revealed to authorities. Legally present noncitizens (except DACA recipients) can apply, just like citizens, to buy insurance through the ACA marketplace and get help paying for it..."
"...Before a packed room at the U.S. Attorney’s Office downtown, Sessions pumped up the Trump administration’s plans for a border wall, called for an influx of 10,000 ICE officers, and re-affirmed his support for the demise of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has threatened the future of more than 124,000 undocumented Texans (“A Nightmare for DREAMers,” Sept..."
"...Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, worries that much of the current legislation could undermine his championing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a temporary protection from deportation which also provides access to work permits..."
"...DACA in Court: Texas continued its senseless attack on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in U.S. Judge Andrew Hanen's Houston courtroom on Wednesday..."
"...Texas v. DACA: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last week..."
"...Snubbed by SCOTUS: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to pick up the DACA appeal requested by the Trump administration after two federal judges allowed the program to keep going..."
"...Speaking of DREAMers, a federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked Trump's decision to end the DACA program by March 5. The ruling, coupled with one out of California last month, means DACA recipients can renew their status...."
"...Donna Howard, and long before that for former Austin City Council member Beverly Griffith. Striking a common Dem theme against national political trends, he said, “We can do way better with government than we are now.” Harris called health care “the ultimate intersectional issue,” and said he supports the Bernie Sanders bill that would move toward “Medicare-for-All.” On gun control, he emphasized better mental health services (as part of insurance) and the “larger argument” that “rights come with responsibilities.” He also advocated a “clean DACA bill” as well as comprehensive immigration reform...."
"...Latinos currently comprise nearly 50% of Texans under 19 years old, and one-third of Hispanic eligible voters in Texas are between 18-29 years old: That's potential for a sizable army. And Attorney General Ken Paxton's attack on "DREAMers," or recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals two-year work and study program (of which Tzintzún's husband counts himself) that protects young undocumented residents, has revved up activism as well..."