Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The Maine State Chamber of Commerce is joining a lobbying campaign spearheaded by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that aims to give permanent legal status to so-called “Dreamers” — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. President Donald Trump says in March he will end a program that provides them temporary legal status.

Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, says the tech and business communities here want Maine’s congressional delegation to support a path to citizenship for all 800,000 people who might otherwise be deported.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she’s confident that Congress will preserve and modify an Obama-era program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Collins told reporters after an event at York County Community College that lawmakers should act to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation want Congress to act to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program in place. Known as DACA, President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he would end the program in six months.

DACA, established by an executive order by President Barack Obama, allows immigrants that entered the country illegally as minors to stay in the country through a renewable permit. Trump thinks it’s unconstitutional and wants Congress to address the issue.

Some of Maine’s higher education officials are opposing President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out DACA, although the state’s largest institution — the University of Maine system — is reacting more cautiously.

The presidents of Bates, Colby and Bowdoin Colleges all issued statements opposing Trump’s policy, with varying degrees of condemnation. Bowdoin President Clayton Rose called it "a profoundly disappointing decision." Bates President Clayton Spencer called it "self-defeating."

WATERVILLE, Maine - The head of a liberal arts college in Waterville is promising to help protect students living in the country lawfully from deportation after Republican President-elect Donald Trump promised he would cancel a program that helps such immigrants.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Colby College President David Greene said Monday the college will do whatever it can to provide safety to everyone in its community, regardless of nationality, immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.