Trump Plans to Eliminate Dreamers - Fate of DACA Rests with Congress

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SEATTLE -- They grew up in America and are working or going to school here. Some are building businesses or raising families of their own. Now, almost 800,000 immigrants – 18,000 in Washington state – who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or overstayed their visas could see their lives upended after the Trump administration announced Tuesday it is ending the Obama-era program that protected them from deportation.

The White House took a firm stance in outlining why the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program needs to be eliminated. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions described DACA as an unconstitutional action that contributed to a surge in immigration and gang violence in recent years.

President Obama called the decision “cruel” and “self-defeating.”

On the KOMO Midday News, we spoke to Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to get his response. (Click the picture above to hear the audio).

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