Donald Trump ran for president on a platform containing hardline stances against immigration of all kinds, but particularly by undocumented immigrants. Critics of Trump’s policies point to the influence of white supremacists and overt racists as an explanation for his hardline anti-immigration stances. One of the most contentious decisions his administration has made regarding immigration was to rescind DACA.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an Obama-era plan intended to safeguard children whose parents brought them here without documents, or who overstayed visas. Many of these children were brought to the United States illegally by their parents in hopes of achieving a better life. Most have spent nearly their entire lives in the United States, and are attending colleges or working productively.
Trump’s September decision to end the program means that 800,000 young immigrants to America will shortly become eligible for deportation, despite being productive, law-abiding members of society. No matter what their documentation status is, these young folks are a part of our national tapestry. Cutting them out is ugly and unconscionable.
Luckily, a judge ruled blocked Trump’s order today, saying that the government cannot end the program until litigation stops. However, the program will not have to process new applications—only those who were previously covered will still be protected.
‘Trump decided in September to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled in San Francisco on Tuesday the program must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision unfolds.
‘The ruling came as Trump and U.S. congressional leaders negotiated broad immigration reforms.
‘The DACA program has provided protection from deportation and the right to work legally to nearly 800,000 young people since it was authorized by President Barack Obama in 2012.
‘Several states, organizations and individuals have filed lawsuits seeking to protect DACA recipients, who are known as Dreamers.’
Many on social media are ecstatic about the ruling, although Trump’s core base of white supremacists and white supremacist apologists are, needless to say, less than pleased:
WOW: Federal judge orders the Trump administration roll back its rescission of #DACA. Basically, to put it back on the books!
“The agency action was not in accordance with law because it was based on the flawed legal premise that the agency lacked authority to implement DACA.” https://t.co/W3e5PrS9ls
— Cristian Farias (@cristianafarias) January 10, 2018
Breaking tonight: A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to partially revive DACA, finding challengers are likely to succeed on claims that the administration's decision to end the program was "arbitrary and capricious" https://t.co/urh8f62xZL pic.twitter.com/wZTgNHU9Nu
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) January 10, 2018
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While this is great news, it is hardly the end of the fight. Congress is currently debating an immigration bill, and Republicans are determined to hold Dreamers hostage to pay for a wall that won’t work. While this makes the situation ever so slightly less urgent, it does nothing to fix the overall problem. The only real solution is going to be a legislative one, and as things currently stand, Republicans hold both branches of congress as well as the White House. There is simply no way that common sense immigration reform or protections for those who are already in the United States will ever pass with a Republican congress.
Republicans are likely to want more men, more enforcement, expanded technological options for watching the border as well as checking immigration status, as well as the border wall, which is the hot button topic. Democrats may call any plan that delays the border wall and protects DACA recipients a win, leaving the door open to negotiation on many other points.
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