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The Dream Shall Never Die (DACA)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:36 pm    Post subject: The Dream Shall Never Die (DACA) Reply with quote

Trump to declare an end to the Dreamer program after Six Months

President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm — and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises.

The administration’s deliberations on the issue have been fluid and fast moving, and the president has faced strong warnings from members of his own party not to scrap the program.

Hundreds of thousands of people could face deportation or a return to the shadows

If the fate of DACA is coming into focus, what will happen to Dreamers is less clear. Obama’s executive action let Dreamers work in the United States, instructed immigration agents not to detain them, and changed their status to “lawfully present.” To get those protections, Dreamers have to prove they’ve been in the country since 2007, arrived before they turned 16, and have not committed serious crimes. After getting DACA, they can renew their status for two-year increments. So far, the Trump administration has approved DACA applications at about the same rate as the Obama administration.

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Even if Trump scraps DACA immediately, canceling its employment authorization would be harder, according to the Cato Institute. Dreamers have government-issued employment authorization cards that are also used by other groups, such as refugees. Employers are required to accept the IDs, and there is nothing on them that indicates the person is a Dreamer.

Ending DACA would not be a popular move. More than 70 percent of Republicans, along with large majorities of Democrats and independents, favor allowing Dreamers to stay in the United States, according to a June poll by the nonpartisan Morning Consult. Dreamers, about three quarters of whom are from Mexico, have never lived outside the United States as adults and may have little memory of their home countries. Republicans would be forced to explain why they are deporting sympathetic and politically organized young adults who have vowed to “fight like hell” to defend their right to live in the United States.

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. . . according to McClatchy, [the Trump administration hopes] that Congress will strike a deal that protects Dreamers in exchange for administration priorities like funding for a border wall and reduced legal immigration.

Democrats have said they want nothing to do with a deal that critics say holds Dreamers hostage. “This is a nonstarter,” Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told HuffPost in a statement last week. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “It is reprehensible to treat children as bargaining chips. America’s DREAMers are not negotiable.” They want Congress to pass a standalone bill protecting Dreamers—a measure that’s already earned the backing of Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona. Advocates for Dreamers oppose the deal, too. “Immigrant youth will not be used as a bargaining chip for a white supremacist deal to terrorize our parents, families and friends,” Cristina Jimenez, the executive director the youth-led advocacy group United We Dream, said in a statement.

Congress can legislate to support Dreamers.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump - evidently responding to widespread criticism - tweeted a muddled message about DACA ...

Right wing claims that Obama's executive enactment of DACA was essentially different from executive amnesty orders issued by Presidents Reagan and G.H. Bush are similarly based on muddled thinking ...
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