She was in Milwaukee to speak at an event held by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and she says the unorthodox nature of the Trump presidency it's hard to compare him to past presidents or guess his next move.
Either way, it looks like this issue will be decided in the federal courts unless Congress shows some leadership and passes new DACA legislation. Among Republicans, 69 percent want them to stay, meaning that this is far from a partisan issue. From the way that he started his campaign calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals; his pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio; his canceling of the DACA program, which will affect so many young lives - the president has really used the Latino community to basically achieve fearmongering in this country and boast his own political prospects. Those whose permits expire through March 5, 2018, are eligible to seek renewal by October 5.
Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced September 5 that the DACA program would come to an end March 5, but Trump called on lawmakers to figure out a way to salvage at least portions of the program in order to avoid the deportation of young undocumented immigrants who he called "good, educated and accomplished". To say we need a miracle is an understatement.
"He knows that if we lose DACA, that will cause a lot of harm to our families", he said.
The lawsuit claims that Trump and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, unlawfully targeted individuals for discriminatory treatment based on their national origin. Immigration advocates say that's about 154,000 people nationwide.
DACA was granted to about 800,000 recipients.
The Oklahoma City Immigration Legal Services held two clinics Saturday at Catholic Charities to answer DACA holders' questions about their future living and working in Oklahoma.
She knows of those who have left for states that are "a bit more welcoming" and have "more support for DACA recipients".
Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico was a main selling point that led conservative elected officials such as Justin Simmons, a state representative in Pennsylvania, to throw their support behind the real-estate developer turned politician.
"It is relieving and a bit reassuring", said Nayda Benitez, a senior student at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, "I'm not trying to just believe anything that's put out there".
" said Roberto Valadez, a DACA recipient studying at UTEP.
He couldn't help but feel as well that Trump was using his group as "leverage" to gain funding for a border wall or support for other parts of his anti-immigration agenda.
"If [Trump] doesn't get one of those things in the immigration package, I think it's a failure and it's not a deal", Boothe said.