Anger among Irish as Trump ends protections for undocumented youth


Jimmy Kimmel joined a chorus of critics opposing Donald Trump's decision to end the Obama-era program DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which could result in the deportation of 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants (or Dreamers).

US tech giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, have pledged to stand by their employees after the Trump administration scrapped an amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

President Trump tried to distance himself from this decision, letting Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an immigration hardliner, do the heavy lifting in announcing it. But it comes on the heels of his pardon for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who made his reputation targeting immigrants and Latinos. If DACA renewals end in six months, Democrats would have two choices (assuming Republicans remain united): Either pass a package on immigration that includes the DREAM Act and populist-conservative priorities, or get nothing. President Trump has given Congress six months to come up with comprehensive legislation to decide the fate of the so-called "dreamers", before the scheme is eventually scrapped over the next couple of years.

Trump tweeted: "Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do)". He calls the decision to rescind the pogram "wrong" and "cruel".

President Trump said that he will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion but through the lawful democratic process. Kacish suggested the reform should entail small-scale fixes as opposed to broad, sweeping reforms, and he said how he would handle DACA if he were in the Oval Office.

The programme is - as the University of California, Berkeley website puts it - "a kind of administrative relief from deportation", in which young undocumented immigrants arriving in the US are protected from deportation. They contribute to Connecticut's economy. From a practical economic perspective, ending the program seems very shortsighted.

Kasich said he wants immigrants to know they have a home in Ohio.

"And now he says Congress should act".

DACA relates to young adults who came into the country as children with their parents. "We're not going to turn our back on dreamers". "They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage".