Tom Perez accuses Trump, Republicans of 'holding Dreamers hostage' as deadline passes

Pro-DACA and Dreamer supporters try to get an office visit with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan outside his office at the U.S. Capitol

That deadline is Monday, March 5. Another 5,320 DACA permits expire in April and almost 14,000 more in May.

While Congress has thus far failed to find a legislative fix for DACA, dreamers have gotten a stay on today's deadline, with two federal courts blocking the Trump administration from withholding renewals for those who now have DACA protection, and with the Supreme Court declining to take up the White House's appeal of the injunction.

That means the case now goes back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in California, which is expected to rule sometime this summer. To qualify, they needed to have arrived before their 16th birthday, been under 31 in June 2012, completed high school or served in the military, and have clean criminal records.

Even though the DACA program does not end tomorrow, no one can ever apply for DACA until the age of 15, so as of last October those applications are no longer being accepted. There were almost 14,000 people with expired permits who applied for renewals but hadn't received them at the end of January.

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"It's time for Trump and Republicans in Congress to stop holding Dreamers hostage and work with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act", Perez said, referring to legislation that would grant certain immigrants a path to citizenship.

The ACLU has a new six figure campaign focused on keeping DACA front and center. The Senate rejected it.

"When you are an immigrant you feel so alone, and it feels awesome to see people from so many communities support us", said Nancy Canales, 18, a Seattle resident who participated in a march in Washington on Monday to support her undocumented siblings who could benefit from DACA. Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the impasse, while Democrats say he created it by ending DACA.

President Trump also took a shot at Democrats on Monday, tweeting: "It's March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA". Congress must pass a spending bill by March 23 to keep the government running, giving Democrats a chance to condition support on a DACA bill.

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