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Utah Elected Officials Call On Congress To Act After DACA Decision

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Utah’s elected officials reacted swiftly to the president’s decision Tuesday to discontinue a program that protects children of undocumented immigrants.

Gov. Gary Herbert says Congress must act “quickly, humanely and with certainty” to fix the country’s broken immigration system.

His was just one of several statements issued across Utah’s political establishment after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA.

The program impacts close to 10,000 Utahns who were brought to the country illegally as young children.

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office says Hatch had urged the president not to discontinue DACA. He says he’lll now work with Congress to find what he called a real, permanent solution that recognizes the positive impact that Dreamers have in their communities.

Rep. Chris Stewart says he's co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that would protect DACA students who are currently in school or are serving in the armed forces from deportation.

 

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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