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Donald Trump Just Ended DACA, Once Again Putting Immigrants at Risk

Donald Trumps administration has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy put in place by Barack Obama.

Donald Trump, has moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) policy previously enacted by President Barack Obama to help protect the legal status of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced the decision on Tuesday, "I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,' he said in a statement. Homeland Security will stop processing application as of today.

The program, established in 2012, helped prevent the deportation of nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States before the age of 16.

Despite widespread opposition to the removal of the act—notably from Democrats and the impacted group known as "Dreamers," many of whom know no other home besides the Untied States—Trump moved along with his plans, pandering to his xenophobic supporters by citing his nativist plans to put the needs of "Americans" first, as the reason for his decision.

"As I've said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion—but through the lawful Democratic process, while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve," Trump said. "We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling and forgotten Americans."

The onus is now being put on Congress to reach a solution before March 5, when DACA benefits are set to expire for recipients.

Protests are now underway in Denver, Washington D.C., Manhattan and elsewhere across the United Sates as Dreamers and supporters speak out against Trump's actions.

UPDATE 9/5/17: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration has released a statement condemning Trump's decision to repeal DACA. “BAJI is appalled by Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. By canceling the program President Trump is yet again pandering to white supremacists over immigrant, Black, and poor communities, as well as millions of organizations, businesses, and allies that support DACA recipients," says Opal Tometi, BAJI’s Executive Director and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, in a statement. "It is now up to Congress to come up with a long term solution to our broken immigration system that protects human rights and enables immigrant families to live and thrive in the U.S."

“BAJI stands with the millions of young undocumented immigrants whose lives are on the line, including those protected under DACA. Until dignity, justice, and human rights protections can be afforded all oppressed communities in the U.S., we remain undeterred and emboldened in our fight against this administration’s racist and xenophobic policies and tolerance for hate-fueled policies.”

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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