President Donald Trump again blamed Democrats on Sunday for the stall in talks over a potential immigration deal as the threat of a government shutdown looms this Friday.
A second federal judge Tuesday has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Congress has until midnight Friday to strike a deal on a host of thorny issues before government funding is set to run out, but talks appear to be at a standstill and a stopgap spending bill is looking more likely.
Because undocumented students aren’t required to disclose their status when they apply to college there’s no exact numbers on how many DACA students are at Eastern Connecticut State University but the school has been very welcoming to those students and it’s come from the top.
“They came when they were little. They speak fluent English. They are American people,” a passionate plea from ECSU president Dr. Elsa Nunez at a rally back in September.
“The best we can do at Eastern I think is to make sure that they understand that they are liberally educated,” Dr. Nunez told News8 Monday. “That means that they can think critically, they an write well, they can speak clearly, and that they can advocate for themselves.”
Laura Pineros is doing just that.
“I’m a criminology and sociology major with a minor in pre-law,” sain Pineros who is now a sophomore at Eastern.
She is among the more than 100 DACA students at the school which is among the Connecticut state colleges and universities along with UConn which have joined a national lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Program. DACA was designed to shield young undocumented students from deportation.
In Pineros’ home state of South Carolina she says she cannot attend a state college. She was brought to America from Columbia when she was 18 months old.
“It was my parents’ decision to better my future,” said Pineros.
A law student graduating from Quinnipiac University on Sunday will be getting right to work on Monday.
Connecticut’s congressional delegation is urging the Secretary of Homeland Security to legally defend a program giving temporary status to young immigrants who are in the country illegally.
DACA recipient Greisa Martinez fired back at the Trump administration’s decision to end the immigrant program, saying, “People all across the country are concerned about what’s happening to our democracy… and we are ready to fight like hell to protect it.”
Some 48,000 eligible unauthorized immigrants have yet to renew their immigration status as a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite this week’s Oct. 5 deadline to renew.
President Trump ended the program last month, giving congress six months to legalize it. At Friday’s meeting a number of DACA recipients were in attendance.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late Tuesday morning the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals Act will come to an end in about six months.