White House, Senate Minority Leader react to DACA announcement

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Jungwoo Kim came to America from Seoul, South Korea when was just 15. Now at 33 he’s in Washington defending his right to stay in the U.S.

“It’s about the future of America," Jungwoo Kim said.

He's just one of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants that could impacted by the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program. But they’re fighting back.

“We have to work really hard to press the Congress members and at the same time bringing as much awareness possible throughout the country," Kim added.

Dreamers aren’t the only ones speaking out. A bipartisan group of lawmakers are putting forward a bill to help create a clean plath to citizenship for these dreamers.

“These kids have done great for America," Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.

The Senate Minority Leader recently visited Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He said several of their best students are Dreamers and he believes they should stay.

“If the President tries to remove them I think he’ll find a bipartisan effort in Congress to keep them here," Schumer added.

But the Trump administration is standing behind its’ decision. They gave this response to the Minority Leader.

“If he wants a permanent fix he can work hard to make sure that Congress passes a bill that they can present to the President," Carlos Diaz Rosillo, White House Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination said

Rosillo said the threat from 10 states saying they were going to challenge the program in court, pushed the administration to make the decision Tuesday. Rosillo said President Trump always believed DACA was an unconstitutional executive action by the President Obama. Now he wants Congress to take the lead.

“For Congress to pass a bill that they can put on his desk that would make this a legal solution not a illegal, unconstitutional temporary solution," Rosillo added.

The administration is enacting a six-month delay before it goes into effect giving Congress time to act. As the clock for these Dreamers, ticks away.



 
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