Millions await fate of DACA program
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- President Donald Trump is expected to announce a big decision Tuesday, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
"The DACA situation is a very very, it's a very difficult thing for me," Trump said. "We're going to deal with DACA with Heart." Nine Attorney Generals including South Carolina's Alan Wilson sent a three-page memorandum to the White House requesting the Trump administration phase out DACA all together, and rescind the decision from the Obama administration.
Sue Berkowitz, Director of South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, said this would affect more than 7,000 DACA beneficiaries in South Carolina alone. She said after three years the program has worked to protect children who came to America illegally with their parents. The decision to stop that protection would no longer allow them a status to work, obtain a driver's license, or get an education at a public institution. "This will be a change in their lives that is only a change for the worst," Berkowitz said."We also have to remember that they're working and contributing to our economy when they go to work every day they're paying their taxes, they're spending their money in this state."
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) weighed in via twitter in support of finding a legislative solution. "I look forward to working with President Trump and my colleagues in Congress to find a fair solution to this difficult problem," Graham tweeted.
Those most affected await official word from Mr. Trump as their dreams may soon be over.
"These kids have already been vetted," Berkowitz said. "Homeland Security has said these are the kids we want, they're safe and wonderful why would we want to change that?"