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Connecticut lawmakers react to Trump's DACA decision

Posted September 4

— The president is expected to end a program that extended protections to young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

President Donald Trump's decision to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is not sitting well with Connecticut lawmakers.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said it betrays American values.

"Threatening deportation will cruelly disrupt and derail hundreds of thousands Dreamers' lives and cost America their enormous skills and energy," Blumenthal said in a statement. "Just days ago the president called the Dreamers 'terrific' and said 'we love' them,' making his plan the height of hypocrisy and inhumanity."

Blumenthal pledged to redouble a bipartisan fight to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or Dream Act. The proposal would be a means for illegal immigrant children in the country to get conditional and later permanent residency, if qualifications are met.

"Five years ago, the United States government made a promise to the Dreamers: step out of the shadows and you will be protected, not punished," he said. "If President Trump attempts to break that vow, we will fight him every step of the way."

Sen. Chris Murphy posted his response to Twitter.

"Dear Republicans, your moment has come. Every Democrat will join you. Show the courage and grace to save these children, and our nation," Murphy wrote.

The president is looking to end the program in six months.

People familiar with the president's thinking told the Associated Press that the delay is meant to give Congress time to make a decision on Dreamers legislation.

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