Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is one of eleven governors who are urging Congress to save an imperiled program that protects young immigrants from deportation.

Hickenlooper joined Republicans and Democrats Wednesday to write a letter to congressional leaders, saying that their cities and towns are seeing more than 100 young people lose protective status every day while the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is in limbo.

Other governors signing the letter were Democrats from Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania and North Carolina; Republicans from Ohio, Nevada, Massachusetts, Vermont and Utah; and Alaska's governor, who's independent.

President Donald Trump phased out the DACA program earlier this year, leaving Congress to negotiate a permanent replacement.

These governors, many Democrats and other groups have called on Congress to figure out a plan for DACA, as it works to avoid a government shutdown on Friday. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that there would be no deal on DACA before the year's end.

DACA has protected about 800,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children or who came with families who overstayed visas. Hundreds of thousands are now college-aged.


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