Marriott International on Tuesday pledged support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after the Trump administration opted to end the program that protects an estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. Many business leaders argued for keeping the programme by underscoring the economic contributions made by immigrants, many of whom are employed by the largest companies in the US.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered few hints in a brief statement following the decision, saying Trump corrected President Obama's executive overreach and that this Congress will "continue working on securing our border and ensuring a lawful system of immigration that works".
In addition to Pennsylvania, plaintiffs in the lawsuit include New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. People with permits that expire within the next six months - before March 5, 2018 - can apply to renew them before October 5. Ending the program is discriminatory and violates the due process rights of those receiving protections under the policy, the lawsuit contends.
Ms Kelleher said that she personally knows a number of Irish families in New York who benefited from Daca and they were "absolutely devastated and understandably very concerned".
"My message today is that we are not criminals", Lara said. "They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage". Even Trump has appeared to waffle, though his desire to dismantle anything President Obama accomplished always seems to push him past any common-sense hesitations.