Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

Senate Holds ‘Dreamers’ Hearing After Trump End To Program

A woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: A woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during an immigration reform rally at the White House in Washington, Aug. 15, 2017.

The Senate is opening its first hearing on young immigrants known as "Dreamers" since President Donald Trump announced plans to end a program protecting them — and called on Congress to come up with a solution.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa opened the hearing Tuesday saying that the program created by President Barack Obama was unconstitutional. It has granted temporary work permits and deportation protections for nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the country as children and living here illegally.

RELATED: 5 Questions About DACA Answered

Grassley says that "We all have empathy for young people who came here through no fault of their own." He says it's time to start considering "a path to consensus."

He says a plan "has to include robust border security, and by that, I don't mean a wall."

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.