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Rep. Slaughter rips Pres. Trump on DACA decision

September 04, 2017 07:47 PM

According to reports, President Trump is expected to announce Tuesday that he'll end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- unless Congress can come up with a fix in the next six months.

The program protects so-called "Dreamers" -- more than 780,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents -- from being deported while they work or attend school.

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We asked Congresswoman Louise Slaughter her thoughts as Congress gets ready-to-head back to work on Tuesday.

Rep. Slaughter says, "When I look at the list of things that are confronting us the minute we get back there tomorrow and to think what we are going to do is uproot the lives of 100,000 people in a day almost -- it's insane. We are just not going to do that."

Slaughter says the program works and evidence of that comes from companies speaking out for DACA.

"These young people are here and going to school and working and if they weren't, all of Silicon Valley wouldn't be saying 'don't take them away from us.' It's crazy and if Trump gives it six months and it would be my earnest hope and McConnell and Ryan wouldn't even bring it up."

However, Rep. Slaughter admits Congress has to act on immigration.

"Congress has to do an immigration bill, there's no doubt about it," she says. "We got very close with one once, but couldn't get it through the Senate with 60 votes."

Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman said Monday that New York state will sue if Mr. Trump ends DACA. Several other states have threatened lawsuits as well. 

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