Rallies and protests broke out on both sides of the debate across the country and on social media as the 5-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy arrived.
DACA is an immigration policy founded in 2012 by then President Barack Obama that allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable 2-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
On Tuesday, Dodge City officials sent out a press release from Cities for Action regarding more than 100 mayors and county officials issuing a letter to President Donald Trump, calling for him to continue the DACA program.
"There are approximately 7,000 DACA recipients in Kansas, most of which reside in southwest Kansas and Dodge City," Dodge City assistant city manager Ernestor De La Rosa said. "There are 10 state attorney generals that want to phase out the DACA program or will sue if it continues and we along with more than 100 other cities want the program to continue and will work with legislation to find a solution to the problem."
According to the Cities for Action press release, DACA recipients serve localities in all kinds of critical roles—including medical professionals, teachers and municipal employees.
Approximately 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants enrolled or are immediately eligible for DACA, contribute an estimated $2 billion a year in state and local taxes that includes personal income, property, and sales and excise taxes.
An average of 8.9 percent of DACA-eligible individuals income go towards state and local taxes.
The letter to Trump was from mayors of 150 cities and counties from 35 states that have taken part in the DACA program.
Those against DACA took to social media arguing that those in the DACA program have come to the country illegally and feel that those who are defending DACA are defending people who are breaking the law.
The American Civil Liberties issued a statement claiming DACA is constitutional under current laws where the National Review claims that DACA needs to be canceled saying, "Adults who were brought here illegally by their parents at very young ages (toddlers, not teenagers) are indeed good candidates for amnesty – they’ve grown up here and formed their identities as Americans.
"But it’s Congress that makes laws, not the president, as President Obama himself pointed out a year before the DACA decree, 'For me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.'"
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