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NC pro-DACA activists protest Trump's action, demand answers from Tillis

Posted September 5

— While thousands of people around the country rallied against President Donald Trump’s action to revoke the DACA program Tuesday, hundreds gathered outside of North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis’s office Tuesday.

Tillis is promising to take action, preparing new legislation that would provide a legal path to citizenship for people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

“Immigration policy must be set through legislation, not executive orders. That was the fundamental flaw underpinning DACA and the reason it’s highly unlikely to survive a legal challenge,” Tillis said in a statement.

Senator Tillis said today he'll file a bill next week that would offer a pathway to legal status for Dreamers, but important details are not yet clear.

Once they're 18, Dreamers would have a five year window to qualify by pursuing higher education, serving in the military or maintaining a job.

Many Dreamers said they aren't sure why the change is necessary.

Jorge Ramos was one of around 200 people who marched in support of DACA outside Sen Thom Tillis's office.

Ramos's parents brought him to the United States when he was 6 years old.

He got DACA status five years ago, which allowed him to live and work without constant fear of being deported. He doesn't understand why opponents want it repealed.

"It's just so sad, but also I just find it ridiculous because they're creating an issue out of something that was a complete non-issue," Ramos said.

Yazmin Garcia Rico is a graduate student studying social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She came into the country illegally when she was just 13. She says DACA changed her life – allowing her to hold a job and pursue her education.

"Sometimes we don't think what it means to go to the library and get a library. What it means to be able to drive and not feel like you're going to be pulled over. To buy a car, to get a loan, to buy a house – different things that Dreamers like myself have been able to do in the past few years," Rico said.

Rico said Dreamers want a permanent solution. She's heard that Tillis is proposing a plan similar to DACA, which Tillis says is unconstitutional. But she says any proposal will have to be carefully analyzed and she's worried that immigration hardliners in Congress will require tradeoffs that will target her community.

"We don't want to be given something at the stake of something else," she said. "We don't need a wall. We don't need to compromise for anything else. This program has shown that it works, and MISSING WORDS

Senator Richard Burr released a statement calling DACA unlawful and praising the repeal.

State Democrats denounced the move and said they will work to protect Dreamers in their communities.


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  • Nick Edwards Sep 7, 11:31 a.m.
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    Miguel, an executive order is not a law. These people are also not children anymore. They are able bodied adults, who work and attend college. Segregation was ended by congress passing a constitutional amendment. A law. Quite a stretch comparing the two considering that African Americans were legal citizens. Daca most certainly would've been ended by the very same judge who ended Dapa. Making all 800,000 recipients instantly illegal and being immediately deported. Trump / Sessions did them a favor by giving a grace period and forcing congress to take action.

  • Miguel Figueras Sep 7, 9:58 a.m.
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    Decency and Civility is something shown by this that this country lacks so this doesn’t surprise me. Regarding taking jobs, these children didn’t take jobs, they earned them. Your child didn’t get their job because they didn’t work hard enough, didn’t study enough and was lazy. Bottom line! This argument about DACA being unconstitutional is idiotic. On Sept. 5th it was going to court system and the Repubs knew it wouldn’t be taken away so they did this. Don’t be dumb please. This “Law is Law” argument is also dumb (not surprised coming from Sessions though). It used to be against the law for a black man to sit in the front of a bus or drink from a “whites only” fountain so stop that argument because you guys write the laws and can rewrite them. Right is Right and wrong is wrong. This was and still is “WRONG”

  • William Sherman Sep 6, 7:38 p.m.
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    Regardless of how they got here, or how long ago, or from which ever 3rd world nation they originated--they are still--by definition illegal aliens. No amount of protesting, chanting, banging on drums is, by itself going to change that. Ironic that we have illegal aliens protesting an illegal presidential action in hopes of congress changing the law. Good luck with that one.

  • Amy Whaley Sep 6, 5:13 p.m.
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    This protest just shows incredible lack of understanding and obviously a willingness to protest for no reason. Even WRAL ran an article on what DACA does and why it was necessary for it to be handled just as it is.... in Congress. Even Obama knew that it was an "illegal" order and would not hold up in court. Hey protesters, what Trump is doing is good for your cause! SMH

  • Nick Edwards Sep 6, 4:29 p.m.
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    You're gonna want to sit down Scott. ....I didn't vote for Trump. I'm not a republican. Unaffiliated moderate. However, I am willing to give the man a chance, as I did with the previous president I didn't vote for. I don't buy into the propaganda, lies and false labels being vomited up daily by brainwashed TDS afflicted bigots. Most sane people don't. Frankly, it's childish, shows a lack of intelligence and wreaks of a sore loser.

  • Nick Edwards Sep 6, 4:06 p.m.
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    Maybe not the Mexican Government. Trump said "Mexico" will pay for it. I'd be willing to bet that it will be dealt with in the immigration reform bill. Legal mexican immigrants paying higher fees, taxes on wire transfers and changes to Nafta will fund or repay the costs and then some.

  • Teddy Fowler Sep 6, 3:53 p.m.
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    Mexico is going to pay for the wall.... didn't you know ? haha

  • Matt Wood Sep 6, 3:27 p.m.
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    What did you do to support Obama the past 8 years?

  • Nick Edwards Sep 6, 3:25 p.m.
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    I agree John, spending is out of control. Daca is 800,000 people. Drop in the bucket. Probably gonna be allowed to stay anyway. There are far more unemployed Legal citizens to fill the positions if they truly want to work. The economy aspect is very much a manufactured false talking point. I'm just making the point that Congress is never going to allow blanket amnesty without getting what they want. Just how it works. If the dreamers want to stay, the left is gonna have to make some huge sacrifices. Ie. Border wall and reform. The opinions on the border wall vary widely depending on people's political views and motivations, so that is a pointless argument in all aspects. And if you think anybody in our government gives two squirts about wasting money, wake up. Two wings on the same bird of prey.

  • Joe Eastland Sep 6, 2:49 p.m.
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    It can be boiled down to two very simple to understand facts:

    1) Only Congress has the right to pass or not pass immigration laws.

    2) Two wrongs don't make a right; if you came here illegally, whether you have children or not, you and your family are here illegally and subject to our laws, and second Obama did not have the Constitutional right to pass ANY immigration laws to begin with.

    Every Country has immigration laws that are enforced, not just Trump's USA.