Congress should deal with DACA

13 Septembre, 2017, 07:48 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
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So, this is what passes now for showing "great heart" in America.

President Donald Trump moved this week to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to live, work and study in the country without fear of deportation. Currently, DACA work permits need to be renewed every two years.

DACA is an Obama-era program that allows those brought to the United States illegally as children to live and work legally, without fear of deportation to their country of origin.

VIEWPOINTS: Congress should stand by Dreamers, grant them legal status.

A literal interpretation of the announcement from Sessions would suggest that the program ends if Congress does not come up with an alternative in six months.

Therefore, in the best interests of our country, and in keeping with the obligations of my office, the Department of Homeland Security will begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption.

"Before we ask what is fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is fair to American families, students, taxpayers and job seekers", the president said. "But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws".

Though I am not much of Trump fan, I do not fault him for returning to a rule of law.

This intransigence on immigration forced several presidents to circumvent the Congress and issue executive orders on immigration. He camouflages this fact in provocative (and sometimes noxious) rhetoric about Mexicans and a border wall - a wall that would be physically impossible to build as he described it and that Mexico was never going to pay for.

With that dismal history, one might think Trump's strategy is doomed to fail.

Hundreds showed up for the emergency rally to protest the Trump administration's decision to rescind DACA, short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is an Obama-era program that lets undocumented immigrants brought here as children or teens before mid-2007 apply for protection from deportation, and a two-year work/study permit. Another scenario ties a DACA fix to a bill to slash legal immigration by making deep cuts to family-based migration. No current beneficiaries will lose protection until March 5, according to a DHS factsheet, and beneficiaries whose protection will expire between now and then have until Oct. 5 to apply for renewal.

Because of this, Green said, black undocumented immigrants "are three times more likely to be deported and much more likely to be caught up in the criminal justice system because of their color".

A child holds a sign at the Honolulu rally to protest the decision to rescind
A child holds a sign at the Honolulu rally to protest the decision to rescind

But there's a larger number of affected companies than some would expect.

The department added that the country "will receive with open arms any dreamers who return". Second and more significantly, because Democrats (and many pro-amnesty Republicans) are insufficiently sympathetic to the demands of Americans for better security and tighter immigration controls, there must be tradeoffs if the ruling class is to be motivated to negotiate.

"They are not targets - they are certainly not priority targets of this administration".

Officials from 10 states are suing over the program, requiring my Administration to make a decision regarding its legality.

What about DACA recipients who are in the military or law enforcement?

They are people you might know.

"Employers should look at work permits they have today and encourage renewals", she said.

How will this impact the economy? Ending DACA would reduce real gross domestic product by $72 billion, an American Action Forum study found.

The outlines of a fair legislative compromise are easy to make out.

Just who are these black Dreamers? The duo's DACA talking points were no doubt agreed upon months ago, maybe even on the steps of the Capitol as the ousted Democrats awaited their escorts to sail away into the sunset on Trump's inauguration day.

Democrats and civil rights activists have blasted Trump's decision.