Lawmakers to Obama: Pardon Immigrant Youth Facing Deportations Under Trump


Lawmakers on Thursday implored President Barack Obama to pardon young immigrants temporarily protected from deportation for their immigration violations so that they won't be subject to removal under a Trump administration.

The lawmakers said in a news conference they were sending a letter to Obama with the request and a plea that he take the action during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 


"We urge the president to provide security to these young people," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. "I have spoken personally to children who are so frightened about what is to happen to them next. I think we owe it to these young people who have worked so hard to be part of America to have piece of mind."

The lawmakers said they want the pardons for young immigrants who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. To apply for DACA, the young people turned over to the government identifying information — their names, where they live and more.

Since the night of Trump's election, there has been anxiety and fear among people without legal status or whose protection from deportation could be revoked.

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