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Students walk out of class to support DACA program, dreamers

University Hall at 1897 Sheridan Road. Northwestern joined 18 other universities in filing a Nov. 1 amicus brief opposing President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Students walk out of class to support DACA program, dreamers
Bennie Garza | 10 November, 2017, 12:08

- Students from the region and Dreamers from across the country gathered to call for a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before the end of the year.

The Dream Act, which was passed in 2012 under former President Barack Obama, gives temporary protection to almost 700,000 recipients who were brought to the United States as children. Those students also demanded that the legislators vote for a Dream Act.

Students at the rally Thursday said thousands of local families are counting on it. We have more than 1,000 students here at the university who are afraid even to walk out now, because they can be deported.

Hundreds of protesters gathered inside the Hart Senate Building Thursday morning chanting "Dream Act now..."

The program was implemented under the Obama administration.

As people tweeted about the walkouts on Thursday, the hashtag #DreamActNow trended on Twitter. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. A clean Dream Act. Harris joined protesters at one point and raised a fist in the air in solidarity. I hope Congress can work together to pass this important legislation.

The Trump Administration said earlier this year that it would stop considering new DACA applications but allowed any current recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018, the opportunity to apply for a two-year renewal, if they applied by October 5. Newhouse says more than a third of them live in his central Washington district. Although the speaker, Trump and other Republicans have been referring to March as the "deadline", the decision to end DACA is already having an effect.

President Donald Trump has stated he would give Congress six months to work out a deal for the now-vulnerable group.

Bruna Bouhid, the national communications director at United We Dream, a nonpartisan immigrant youth-led organization, said it is an insult that Ryan sees no urgency in passing legislation. "We argue that DACA students enrolled at our institutions are some of the most gifted and motivated young people in the world, and that rescinding DACA harms our students and alumni".

Elise Foley contributed reporting.

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