After DACA Deadline Passes, Thousands Demand Action to Protect 'Dreamers'

When asked about DACA on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed the finger at Congress for failing to address the issue.

From Nevada to Capitol Hill to Trump Tower in New York City, immigrants and their allies held marches, rallies and prayer vigils to make sure their plight remains in the spotlight.

The court system has given a temporary reprieve.

Courts in NY and California ruled President Obama's 2012 executive order creating DACA was legal, freezing President Trump's repeal.

The statewide rallies call for a clean "Dream Act" that does not criminalize communities and separate families, allowing for the children brought to the country illegally to stay legally. That means DACA permits would expire for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.

"March 5 is the deadline Trump gave the Congress to act and they haven't done anything", Bruna Bouhid, a 26-year-old student and Dreamer from Tampa, told AFP as she and others marched from the Washington Mall to the US Capitol. "He gave them four pillars that he wanted to see in legislation, legislation and principles that the majority of members of Congress have supported in the past". "Mexico must do much more on stopping drugs from pouring into the U.S. They have not done what needs to be done".

Currently, the House Republican leadership is backing a bill by Rep.

Now, current DACA recipients can renew their applications, but new ones aren't being accepted.

Then, the Supreme Court removed any sense of immediacy on the issue as it ruled on February 26 that DACA had to be reinstated while lower courts took up challenges to Trump's rollback. From there, it is expected to go to the Supreme Court, likely keeping DACA alive through November midterm elections.

In their recent session, OR lawmakers passed several bills to help DACA recipients get state services such as identification cards and in-state tuition.

Among the Senate bills that failed to advance was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers - the almost 700,000 DACA registrants, plus 1.1 million who were eligible but did not register - in exchange for extra border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration. It is with this spirit that we will continue the fight.

In January, a federal judge blocked the order and said DACA renewal applications had to still be accepted.