Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump says he wants 'comprehensive immigration plan' but country isn't ready

Trump says he wants 'comprehensive immigration plan' but country isn't ready

Kelly's meeting with the caucus came almost two weeks after officials from Texas and 10 other states warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions that they would sue the federal government if it does not rescind Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by September 5.

It was signed by attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Kelly reportedly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that although he personally supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he can not guarantee that President Donald Trump's administration will back it in court, according to Politico.

Kelly suggested to lawmakers they work to pass immigration reform, but lawmakers expressed frustration that Kelly seemed to ignore the difficulty of passing legislation and the Republican opposition to extending DACA.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus pushed Kelly for an update on whether the administration would defend the program.

Colorado DACA recipients and advocates for immigrants' rights rallied in response to Kelly's assessment of DACA's fate.

Kelly declined to take questions after the meeting, but his spokesman said the secretary told the members that the Obama-era program, which shields immigrants brought to the United States as children, is at risk.

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"We've been waiting for something more permanent and to see that they're [the attorneys general and Idaho governor] attacking so that it [Trump Administration] gets rid of this program that has protected so many people and changed so many peoples' lives is frightening".

"I carry this fear, this anxiety this panic of knowing that I can be taken away from my family and my partner any day", said Ana Rodriguez with Colorado People's Alliance.

"It's a decision that I make and it's a decision that's very very hard to make". I am going to become a doctor. "What's going to happen to me if I get put into deportation proceedings and I don't have thousands of dollars to hire an attorney to stay in this country?" "I don't know any other place than Denver", said Alexa Bailon, a student at Metro State University. They also said that Kelly told them he was one of the program's biggest defenders within the department.

9News reached out to both the governor's and attorney general's office.

Governor Hickenlooper said in a statement to CBS4: "Colorado is better when DREAMers pursue an education and contribute to our communities".

Texas and the other plaintiffs have said they would drop the lawsuit against the 2014 program if the government rescinds DACA; otherwise, they will amend the lawsuit to target the existing program as well.

Colorado's immigration activists say there is a very real threat coming from Washington and they want Colorado officials to show their support.

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