Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island just found a creative way to get around Trump's ridiculous DACA actions.

 

Background:

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was an Obama era policy that allows certain illegal immigrants who were minors when they entered to apply for a renewable two-year period of deferred deportation that allows them to apply for a work permit.

Trump recently announced that he would be pushing Congress to end the program.Former President Obama predicted this would happen in his final press conference as president.

Former President Obama predicted this would happen in his final press conference as president.

“The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids when they didn't do something themselves … would merit my speaking out,” Barack Obama stated.

The whole point of this was to help immigration officials to not have to focus their efforts on individuals who behave and to focus their attention to more dangerous people. More than that, if this program is removed, you'll be hurting people who have done absolutely nothing wrong.

Trump predictably took to Twitter to announce the decision:

There has been opposition from the Democrats. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) have officially announced that they will sue President Trump if he tries to end DACA.

“Dreamers are Americans in every way. They played by the rules. They pay their taxes. And they've earned the right to stay in the only home they have ever known,” Cuomo stated.

Even Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich made a point to go to the media to decry these ridiculous actions in front of the country.

“If the dreamers want to go somewhere and live, come to Ohio,” he said.

 

What's Happening Now:

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) anounced earlier this week that she's found a way, through “a coalition of individuals and organizations,” to cover all the renewal fees for everyone in RI under the DACA act.

“I'm proud to announce an initiative to pay DACA renewal fees for every Rhode Island DREAMer who is eligible to apply for renewal by Oct. 5,” Raimondo tweeted. “Thanks to a coalition of individuals and organizations, we've secured more than $170,000 in donations to cover renewal fees.”

Each application costs just shy of $500.

“We're not going to allow $495 to get in the way of our neighbors' dreams,” said Raimondo in a statement. “Now is the time to fight for our values and take action against hatred and bigotry.”

More are expected to find ways around these laws, and hopefully, more will find creative ways to thwart Trump.