Immigration advocates launch ad campaign to pressure Trump on DACA

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DACA advocates are using Monday's deadline to intensify pressure on the White House and Congress for permanent protection.

Rallies, sit-ins and prayer vigils are scheduled in San Jose and across the nation today as Dreamers meet their uncertain fate with activism.

The DACA program allowed young immigrants- brought to the USA as children- who registered with the government, paid a fee and passed criminal security background checks, to come forward and fully contribute to our country without fear of deportation.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in NY later issued a similar ruling.

The court battle removes some urgency surrounding Trump's Monday deadline but DACA recipients whose permits expired are still at risk while they wait for their renewals to be granted.

Meanwhile, the case goes back to the 9th Circuit court, which is slated to make a decision in the summer.

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Sanders said the Trump administration is "confident" the Supreme Court would rule in favor of ending DACA so Congress could pass legislation on the matter if it gets to that point, but she ultimately put the onus on Congress to act. "Unfortunately, activist judges have intervened and prevented the end of DACA".

However, the program is largely intact despite congressional inaction thanks to the courts. So despite Trump's initial deadline, the future for DACA is still unclear.

That means tens of thousands of DACA enrollees may lose their DACA protections while they wait for their renewals to go through.

Dreamers are pushing Congress for a "Clean Dream Act" bill that wouldn't be used as a bargaining chip to advance other policies, such as funding a border wall and increasing border security.

The American Civil Liberties Union has partnered with immigration rights groups to launch a campaign on social and online media that demands Trump support viable legislation that protects Dreamers.

"The Democrats made the calculation to kick the can down the road and allow hundreds of thousands of us undocumented youth to live in uncertainty", said Maria Duarte, a DACA enrollee who walked with others from NY to Washington to protest congressional inaction.