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Feinstein: DACA is on 'Shaky Legal Ground'

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:48 PM

DACA is on "shaky legal ground," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., conceded to Chuck Todd on MSNBC Tuesday after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump would end the program to protect "Dreamers."

"It is. That's why we need to pass a law. And we should do it," she said after Todd asked her whether DACA may not have been legal.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started in 2012 under former President Barack Obama via an executive order. Trump during the campaign spoke many times about his desire to end DACA, which grants amnesty to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children.

Feinstein urged on her fellow lawmakers to mandate DACA.

"We can pass a bill to make it the law. And that's what we need to do, and we should do it," she said. "And so I believe that every senator should stand up and take this vote now. We have 800,000 young people. We've got 300,000 of them in my state alone. You've got 90 percent of them who are employed or in school. They are constructive, want-to-be citizens of our country. And DACA gives them a way to do that."

When Todd asked whether Democrats should make DACA part of the Hurricane Harvey aid in order to move things along quickly, Feinstein responded with, "maybe if that's what it takes, yes."

"If we put Harvey in, we put DACA in. We pass the debt ceiling and it's done. I actually haven't thought of that before, but I would be for it. And I would be for putting it on the floor alone. Because I believe it will pass. We have a majority of the American people in every poll saying they would support it. In California, it's extraordinarily important. You have over 50 CEOs of big corporations that have written and said these DACA workers are good workers. We want them, they're going to contribute to the economy," said Feinstein.

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DACA is on "shaky legal ground," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., conceded to Chuck Todd on MSNBC Tuesday after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump would end the program to protect "Dreamers."
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