Recently, Donald Trump announced that he would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it is commonly called, protects immigrants who were brought here as children from deportation. During a press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be ending with a six-month delay. DACA is popular with many Americans, but many conservatives consider it an unconstitutional use of the president’s powers. That being said, the courts have never ruled on the issue, so the constitutional argument is questionable.
Regardless of the constitutionality of the DACA program, Congress now has six months in order to come up with a legislative solution. One of the most popular is the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status and eventual citizenship to these immigrants, provided they meet certain requirements. The DREAM Act has earned bipartisan support over the years and was recently introduced by introduced by Sen Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin(D-Illinois). Durbin has said that he believes time is running out and that Congress must act.
‘We are now in a countdown toward deportation for 780,000 protected by DACA today. For those young men and women across America, I can tell you this is a moment of great concern, great fear, and great anxiety about what’s going to happen to their lives.’
Graham said that Congress must do things the right way, but that way included protecting the Dreamers.
‘I am committed to fixing this problem once and for all. This is a defining moment … we are the party of a constitutional process. We believe in doing it right. But “right” means taking care of these kids.’
Of course, just because the bill has been introduced does not mean it will pass. In fact, it’s possible that it won’t even be brought up for a vote. In order to try and force a vote, as well as shed some more light on this issue, House Democrats took to forming a conga line in order to request unanimous consent on a vote on the DREAM Act. Trump said that his intention was to force Congress to act, so let’s see if they actually do.
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