"This announcement highlights the clear moral and economic imperative that our leaders have to protect DACA", he said.
CT Students for a Dream Executive Director Lucas Codognolla is a DACA recipient. The decision was noted at the bottom of an administration statement announcing the end of another Obama-era immigration program. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) said DACA recipients should be forced to leave the country. He added that while only Congress can decide the fate of these immigrants, Trump has said the issue needs to be handled "with compassion and with heart".
But once he took office, Trump has toned down his rhetoric on the Dreamers policy. Many arrived in the United States as small children and have little recollection of their birth countries.
Numerous 800,000 immigrants protected by the DACA program did not know that they were in the country illegally, and many reportedly attended American schools from a young age.
A fact sheet posted on the Homeland Security website says immigrants enrolled in the DACA program, created by an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama in 2012, "will continue to be eligible" to renew their status every two years.
DACA was meant to be a stopgap measure to protect young immigrants while Congress worked on a broader immigration overhaul.
Just 14 percent of respondents said those undocumented immigrants should be deported, a pledge made by President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.
But as president, he has said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with individuals covered by DACA.
The New York Times subsequently published a story citing the statement, saying that Dreamers would be allowed to stay.
The program, which could have affected as many as 4 million people in the United States, had never gone into effect after an appeals court halted its implementation. The program served to protect undocumented immigrants living in the United States and whose children are American citizens.
The protection program for parents, like the one for young immigrants, was created with a policy memo during the Obama administration. Both programs required that participants meet certain conditions, including not having a history of serious crimes.
Earlier this year, Rodriguez spoke out after reports indicated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was deporting law-abiding undocumented immigrants with families that rely on them even though Trump vowed that only immigrants who with criminal records would be targeted for deportation.