Orlando activists will rally for undocumented youth as Trump signals end of DACA


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Orlando activists plan to rally Tuesday outside City Hall in support of undocumented immigrant youth as President Donald Trump signals an end to the Obama-era program that protects around 800,000 so-called Dreamers from deportation.

The rally starts at 12:30 p.m. at 400 S. Orange Ave. Aside from supporting recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, also known as DACA, organizers also want to support immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador who received Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. Florida is home to nearly 33,000 Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children. The program gives undocumented youth the chance to work legally without fear of deportation.

"Ending DACA and TPS would shatter the lives and dreams of nearly 900,000 immigrant youth more than 300,000 TPS holders," Orlando organizers said in a statement on Facebook. "Donald Trump’s lack of commitment to protect these communities is further confirmation that he is on the side of the white supremacists and against the moral and economic interests of our country."

The Associated Press reports Trump is set to announce the end of protections for undocumented youth with a six-month delay. On the campaign trail, Trump called for an end to DACA, but after he was sworn in, he said he wanted to show compassion to Dreamers. The program was under scrutiny by the Trump administration after 10 states Texas threatened to sue if Trump did not agree to phase out the program by Sept. 5. Trump indicated on Monday via Twitter that the program would end unless Congress takes action.

The Miami Herald reports Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump supporter, broke with the president regarding DACA, saying, "I do not favor punishing children for the actions of their parents. These kids must be allowed to pursue the American Dream, and Congress must act on this immediately."

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