Trump to End DACA?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The 2012-initiated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lets undocumented immigrants entering America as minors receive renewable deferred action from deportation, along with work permit eligibility.
Pew Research estimates up to 1.7 million individuals may be eligible. As of June 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received nearly 850,000 applications from so-called “Dreamers” – overwhelmingly approved. Only 7% were denied, another 5% pending at the time.
Undocumented immigrants must have entered America before age-16 prior to June 2007. They must currently be in school, have graduated from high school, or received an honorable discharge from the military.
Anyone convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor is ineligible. So are individuals considered a threat to national security.
DACA excludes a path to citizenship and eligibility for federal welfare or student aid.
Trump delivered mixed messages on DACA, most recently saying he intends ending the program. A Tuesday announcement is expected.
According to Politico, he decided to end the program with a six-month delay, citing two unnamed sources – letting Congress have final say on the issue.
AG Jeff Sessions said House and Senate members are responsible for immigration policy, not the executive branch. A six-month delay “giv(es) Congress a window to act,” Politico explained, adding:
“(T)he White House informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of the president’s decision on Sunday morning, according to a source close to the administration.”
“Ryan had said during a radio interview on Friday that he didn’t think the president should terminate DACA, and that Congress should act on the issue.”
Ending the program would be hugely contentious, opposed by leaders of both parties. Supporters of ending it argue it’s unconstitutional because Obama’s executive order establishing the program circumvented Congress.
With GOP hardliners like Ryan, Orin Hatch, Marco Rubio and others opposed to ending DACA by executive order, saying Congress alone should decide, Trump doing it anyway will be hugely contentious.
He’ll likely be supported by his base, opposed by most members of Washington’s political establishment and overall public opinion.
Attorneys general from 11 states said they’ll judicially challenge Trump if he ends DACA. Sessions said he won’t defend an unconstitutional order in court.
Last April, Trump said Dreamers should “rest easy” about their status, insisting he’s “not after the Dreamers. We are after the criminals. This is our policy.”
Has he changed his mind? Indeed if Politico is right.
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