Trump will announce decision on DACA Tuesday, White House says

Minnesotans have sent letters to the president urging him to protect "dreamers."
Author:
Updated:
Original:

A long list of people – from CEOs to Republicans – are writing letters to President Donald Trump, urging him to keep a program that allows some people who came here illegally as children to stay in the U.S. 

There are about 787,000 of these so-called "dreamers" who are protected under the program, called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), including nearly 6,300 in Minnesota

DACA – created by President Barack Obama in 2012 – protects "dreamers" from being deported and allows them to work and go to school in the U.S. 

People who are eligible can apply for DACA protection for two-year periods of time. 

But, President Trump has been under pressure from some to stop accepting DACA renewal applications, which would mean when a "dreamer's" two years are up, there wouldn't be a guarantee they'd get to stay in the U.S., NBC News explains.

And Trump has until Sept. 5 to effectively end the program, or 10 attorneys general said they'd sue to block the program in court. 

With that date fast approaching, the White House said Friday Trump would announce his decision on Tuesday.

Minnesotans urge Trump to keep DACA

With just a few days until the president is expected to announce his decision, many are urging Trump to keep the program. 

Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota state senators have both issued statements supporting DACA, and Dayton says he's among the many leaders – both from Minnesota and elsewhere – who've pledged their support for "dreamers" and the program since the Sept. 5 deadline was set. 

Hundreds of business leaders – including Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly – have also signed a letter to Trump and Congressional leaders demanding Congress pass legislation to preserve the program permanently. 

The letter notes the "dreamers" underwent extensive background checks, are paying taxes and giving back to their communities, plus they are "vital to the future of our companies."

Without DACA, the "dreamers" wouldn't be able to work in the country and could be deported immediately. This could cost the economy $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions, the letter adds.

Next Up

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 20

The 111 ICU patients is the fewest in Minnesota since there were 109 COVID patients in intensive care on Oct. 1.

Klobuchar

Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

Screen Shot 2021-01-20 at 8.57.50 AM

Harmful grass fly larvae found in shipment to International Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials safeguarded the shipment until the threat could be mitigated.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

Donald Trump

Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.

Lyn 65

9 businesses in Richfield affected by strip-mall redevelopment plans

Affected businesses may be eligible for grants that would help keep them in Richfield.

CBP heater

More than $260K in fake heaters seized at Minnesota border

The 780 infrared zone heaters were found in a rail car bound for Ranier, Minnesota.

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.

Related

Trump's tweets about DACA and 'dreamers' used in court order blocking White House policy

Here's how the president's tweets about DACA and 'dreamers' came back to haunt him.

What is DACA, and who are 'Dreamers?'

We explain what the program is, how it started, and who it affects.

President-elect Donald Trump meets with Obama at the White House

It was an historic – and potentially a little awkward – moment.

Here's Donald Trump's first White House-ish video address

Here's what Donald Trump and his transition team want to get done right away.

Tarkenton: Athletes who turn down invites to Trump's White House are 'stupid'

It's tradition for teams to be invited to the White House, but several athletes have turned down the invite.

TIME's Person of the Year is President-elect Donald Trump

TIME called him the "President of the Divided States of America."

MN brewery joins others to urge senators to vote against EPA nominee

Breweries around the country are urging senators to vote against President Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.