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Dreamers’ rally to support DACA while Kansas’ attorney general pushes for repeal

About two dozen people, including some so-called "dreamers," undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, rally at the Statehouse Friday in support of an Obama-era policy known as DACA that allows those dreamers to stay in the country without facing deportation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and officials in nine other states are threatening a federal lawsuit if President Donald Trump does not repeal DACA by Tuesday, Sept. 5.

About two dozen people, including some so-called "dreamers," undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, rally at the Statehouse Friday in support of an Obama-era policy known as DACA that allows those dreamers to stay in the country without facing deportation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and officials in nine other states are threatening a federal lawsuit if President Donald Trump does not repeal DACA by Tuesday, Sept. 5.

September 1, 2017

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— About two dozen people rallied Friday at the Kansas Statehouse in support of a President Barack Obama-era policy that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — a group often referred to as "Dreamers" — to remain in the country and obtain work permits.

The rally came just a few days before a Sept. 5 deadline that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and nine other state attorneys general have set for the Trump administration to repeal before they file a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of that policy.

"I want to tell our attorney general, shame on you," said Lupe Magdaleno, executive director of Sunflower Community Action in Wichita, which helped organize the rally.

About two dozen people, including some so-called "dreamers," undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, rally at the Statehouse Friday in support of an Obama-era policy known as DACA that allows those dreamers to stay in the country without facing deportation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and officials in nine other states are threatening a federal lawsuit if President Donald Trump does not repeal DACA by Tuesday, Sept. 5.

About two dozen people, including some so-called "dreamers," undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, rally at the Statehouse Friday in support of an Obama-era policy known as DACA that allows those dreamers to stay in the country without facing deportation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and officials in nine other states are threatening a federal lawsuit if President Donald Trump does not repeal DACA by Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The policy in question is known as DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

It allows such individuals to apply for permission to stay in the United States for a period of two years if they meet certain qualifications, including not having been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and if they do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

That policy has been in place since 2012. Since then, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 6,803 Kansas residents have received initial DACA permits to remain in the country, and 5,647 have received a two-year renewal permit.

Two years after the program was adopted, however, the Obama administration expanded it and added a new one, DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, a program that allowed an estimated 4 million additional undocumented immigrants to receive deferred action status if they had children who were born in the U.S. and were therefore American citizens.

Both DAPA and the expanded DACA program were blocked from going into effect by a federal judge in Texas, and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to lift that judge's injunction. The Obama administration then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which deadlocked in a 4-4 ruling that effectively left the injunction in place.

"If DACA did get taken away, unfortunately my life would be turned upside down," said Fernanda Alonso-Hernandez, an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant whose parents brought her to the United States when she was 2.

She currently holds a DACA permit. She recently graduated from high school in Wichita and is now attending Butler Community College.

"I would have to compromise my life decisions because DACA (would be) taken away," she said. "With DACA, I have so many opportunities. I have a role in society, I can work for my family and get an education. Therefore if it got taken away, I would have to compromise. I wouldn't have work. Going to school would be much harder due to the expenses. We don't receive a lot of scholarships because there's not a scholarship available for DACA recipients, so everything is out-of-pocket."

On June 29, Schmidt signed on with nine other Republican state attorneys general, led by Texas A.G. Ken Paxton, in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging the Trump administration to rescind DACA by Sept. 5.

The 10 attorneys general are many of the same attorneys general who signed on to the original lawsuit challenging DAPA and the expanded DACA program.

Schmidt was invited to speak at the rally, but he did not attend. In a statement emailed to the Journal-World, he defended his action.

“President Obama did a great disservice to many sincere and caring people by making promises that no president has the legal authority to keep," he said. "The problem with DACA is that it is unlawful; under our Constitution, only Congress, not the President, has the power to change immigration law. Those who understandably feel strongly that the law should accommodate children brought to the U.S. at a young age and raised here would be well-advised to focus on persuading Congress to act.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a candidate for governor, made the rounds on national cable TV news shows Friday, urging President Donald Trump to repeal  an Obama-era policy known as DACA, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the Untied States as children to remain here and receive work permits.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a candidate for governor, made the rounds on national cable TV news shows Friday, urging President Donald Trump to repeal an Obama-era policy known as DACA, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the Untied States as children to remain here and receive work permits.

Another Kansas official who spoke out on the issue Friday was Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration and a Republican candidate for governor. He spent much of the day appearing on national cable TV news shows, often distorting the exact legal status of the DACA and DAPA programs.

"The legal question isn't even a close one," he said on the Fox News Channel's morning program "Fox and Friends." "You've already had multiple courts say that a similar amnesty came a few years after DACA was completely illegal. This one's illegal. It violates three different federal laws. It violates the United States Constitution. It's a loser."

A few hours later, during an appearance on MSNBC, Kobach argued that DACA was allowing "gangbangers" to remain in the country legally.

"So what happens is, a lot of gangbangers get arrested, but the state won't have the resources to prosecute all of them and so they are released," Kobach said. "It used to be, before DACA, the local county sheriff would release them to (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in hopes that ICE would deport them. But we have many cases of such individuals who are getting the DACA amnesty. They've been arrested, they haven't yet been convicted, but that arrest isn't enough to disqualify them from DACA."

Back at the rally, another Dreamer named Mayra Diaz talked about growing up in Wichita, not knowing that she was undocumented. She had been brought to the U.S. at age 4 and was enrolled in a high school ROTC program with dreams of one day joining the U.S. Marine Corps.

One day, at age 15, she was selected to serve on a sword detail at a Marine Corps ball. She brought the paperwork and a permission slip home for her mother to sign, and that's when her mother informed Mayra that she couldn't attend because she was undocumented.

"My whole life, I was part of this country, part of this community," she said. "I did everything my friends did. I did community service, I attended everything that my school had. So for a 15-year-old to hear that you're unable to follow your dream because you're undocumented was a big shock."

The rally was organized by Reps. Louis Ruiz, of Kansas City, Kan., and John Alcala, of Topeka, both Democrats and both descendants of Mexican immigrants who came to the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.

Also attending was House Minority Leader Jim Ward, of Wichita, a Democratic candidate for governor.

"I'm not surprised that our secretary of state, Kris Kobach, is what he is and continues to do what he does. I had more hope for our attorney general," Ward said. "Our attorney general has always presented himself as a reasonable person, and the letter he signed off (on) of legalistic jargon avoids the moral question of what's right for Kansas families."

Comments

Michael Shaw 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The law must be tempered with mercy. Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" is a case in point here.

Bob Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I was born in America, bub. You will have to remain unhappy.

Louis Kannen 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If our monstrously dysfunctional Federal Government can't even get their own act together, how in the sam-hell are these poor folks, so many of whom have escaped from horrendous, life-threatening conditions, supposed to approach Congress per GoBack Kobach's "would be well-advised to focus on persuading Congress to act." line of profound BS proselytizing. I would submit that the current, corrected annotations of the term 'dip-wad' desperately needs the addition of his approved 'Official Portrait...

Scott Callahan 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Yep, they're dreaming alright...The definition of illegal is pretty clear, no matter which dictionary you use.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The definition of "illegal" was modified by (real) President Obama in his official order.

Since Chump knows he lost the election to Mrs. Clinton and has been champing at the bit over this fraudulent election of the "Electoral College" he must continue to find ways do discredit in any way possible his illegitimate position in the White House. The so called "dreamers" are an easy target.

Scott Callahan 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Really? Are you an immigrant, Fred? Are you related to one? I am. My Dad is an immigrant. Not my great great great great Grandad. My Dad. He jumped through every hoop and payed every penny for the honor of being an American. He immediately renounced his citizenship of his birth country because loves America. You need to go to a naturalization ceremony sometime. They have them at the Lied Center pretty regularly. You could use a reminder of all the great things you have because you live here.

Scott Callahan 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Chomping at the bit, Fred. I'm sure you COULDN'T care less....

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Trump will probably try this, his monumental lies and misrepresentations of his imaginary "caring" are legendary.

As for Kobach, he knows that his boss was not elected (and Trump knows it also) needs some sort of acclamation of his grand and glorious stupidity. What better way than to inflict this shame on the least able and most vulnerable residents of the United States!!

I think Kobach would make a GREAT GOVERNER......... for the moon.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Immigration is one of the only things that Chump has that he can scrape up a few supporters for. As sure as there are KKK people and neo Nazis in his "base" there are those folks who are rabidly opposed to "ferners" in the country. Chump knows he can depend on them for support for his viciousness. I guess we will see.........

Bob Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Fred Dunderhead, now going hyperbolic at the drop of a hat. Same old tired talking points. and scare quotes. He's getting better on managing his caps lock, tho.

Ben Cobb 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I second the comments of House Minority leader Jim Ward - the attorney general is making a horrible mistake.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Just tryin' to make everyone's long weekend a little more interesting!!

Have fun, folks!! (uh) HAVE FUN FOLKS!!!!!

Bob Summers 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry. But, why do taxpayers have to take care of these people whose ancestors left their home countries in shambles? Why are they needed in America? What value does their taking money from others help America?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months, 2 weeks ago

These kids were brought here by their parents, probably didn't even know they were here illegally. They have attended school here; their parents paid taxes here (despite the lies of the radical right), many have graduated from college and are productive citizens. Many do not even know how to speak Spanish. The hatred I hear on this site and others appear to be jealousy. Many haters never had the ambition to get training or higher education, and they would rather blame others for their failures.

Even many Republican law makers are urging Trump not to do this. Why? Because they know it will be one more point against them when they are up for reelection.

Bob Summers 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Like a good Liberal you resort to bullying others to make a point.

Too funny!!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I haven't threatened you in any way, Bob. You are not going to be thrown out of the country. You are still free to get a skill or education and show you are better and smarter than anyone. Go for it. I'm all for everyone being the best they can be. If that's bullying, then I gave detention to the wrong kids when I taught.

Bob Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If you think there aren't millions of illegal aliens working off the books in America and paying no income tax, you have another think coming.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months, 2 weeks ago

So they commute across the border and don't pay rent here? If they pay rent here, their landlord makes sure that the rent covers his property tax. That's how it works.

Do they go to Mexico or Ireland once a week to grab some groceries and buy anything else they need. Stores charge everyone sales tax. Not all taxes are income taxes, you know. That's how it works.

Do some of them probably have fake Social Security cards to get a job. Probably. When you work for someone, they withdraw taxes from your paycheck, then when the year is over, you fill out your taxes, and take as many deductions as you can get, then you might get a refund, if you are lucky. Do people with fake Social Security numbers, who have just come here to earn a living for their family, file taxes and get refunds? No, they might get caught and deported. That's how it works.

Now there may be some illegals not paying taxes here, because they are dealing drugs, and they don't pay taxes on their drug earnings (neither do US citizens who deal drugs (there are plenty of them too, you know). But these are the people covered by DACA. Here is a wiki explanation of what it entails. It's not as easy as you think to be eligible. And these young peoplee are not "off the books". They are not sneaking around. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_Arrivals

Bob Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Dorothy, please post your address so I can come set up housekeeping in your living room. If I get sick, you have to pay my medical bills. If my girlfriend has a baby, we get to stay in your living room forever. See how that works?

Bob Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

What one President does by decree the next President can undo. That's the hazard of making end-runs around Congress.

Brock Masters 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Illegal is illegal, but this situation is more complex than that.

Where would the DACA kids go if we deported them? They'd be lost in their parents home country.

Some type of compromise is needed. Perhaps let them stay for 10 years while they pursue legal immigration. If they get it they can stay. If not, then at least they had an opportunity. No government benefits during that time and no criminal convictions or out they go.

Obama is to blame for this mess. He should have done this by law and not policy.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months, 2 weeks ago

That is what DACA is all about. And he only did what he could, because the obstructionist Republicans would not pass the bipartisan bill that would have fixed it. Now these obstructionists are in power, and they have to govern, but all they know is obstruct. Even your buddy Trump is upset with them. They can't even do the things they claimed they were going to do, whether you agree with them or not.

Obama isn't president anymore. You guys need to quit fighting with him. It's all yours now. Why aren't they doing what they want? Because they wouldn't get reelected? But I thought they weren't career politicians?

Brock Masters 2 months, 2 weeks ago

A true leader overcomes opposition. I'm not fighting with Obama, but I am laying the blame for this mess where it belongs. Executive orders should not be used to create law. Not only does it violate the separation of the three branches of government it isn't permanent.

BTW you're preaching to the choir when you point out the failures of the GOP. I cannot stand most of them and I am not one of them.

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