The White House will be welcoming undocumented immigrants shielded from deportation by the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Tuesday even as the policy has precipitated a crisis on the southern border as tens of thousands of children stream across with hopes of amnesty.
In an announcement the White House communications office said it will be honoring “Champions of Change,” who are also DACA recipients.
“These Champions distinguished themselves through their community involvement and the hard work they put into helping other members of their academic and professional communities succeed,” the announcement reads. “This event will showcase these inspirational young leaders and highlight the importance of providing talented young people with the opportunity to realize their full potential.”
The event comes as unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors, many from Central America, are coming across the border in droves amid violence and poverty in their home counties as well as rumors that they will be given a free pass into America.
Some lawmakers have pointed to DACA as part of the fuel for the current humanitarian crisis.
“This increase of migrant children is due in large part to your decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This decision to give children who have been brought to this country by their parents a special status was done without the consent of Congress and is not authorized by law. Furthermore, it has caused the rise of rumors throughout Central America that if parents send their children to United States they will be allowed to stay,” Michigan Republican Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) wrote this week.
The ten undocumented immigrants, many from Mexico, will be heading to the White House Tuesday as lawmakers call on Obama to send a clear message that DACA is not available to new arrivals.
List of attendees via the White House: