Second Federal Justice Obstructs Trump Revoking DACA

Marsha Scott
February 14, 2018

President Donald Trump moved previous year to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, telling Congress to find a legislative fix for "Dreamers" who were plunged into legal limbo by his decision. Trump has said he wants to aid them and has even proposed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million, but in exchange wants $25 billion for his proposed US-Mexico border wall plus significant curbs to legal immigration. Republicans have a slim majority and any measure will need around a dozen Democratic votes to succeed.

The total number of DREAMers who have received DACA protections over the five years of the program. These include lack of knowledge about the program, a worry that participating will expose them to deportation and an inability to afford registration fees. Chuck Grassley of Iowa for introducing legislation similar to the immigration framework pushed by the White House.

Trump called for an end to the Obama-era policy in September but gave Congress six months to make fixes to save it.

"The Tuesday Trump versus the Thursday Trump, after the base gets to him", is how Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz, a proponent of compromise, describes the president and the impact conservative voters and his hard-right advisers have on him.

Durbin also scoffed at Kelly's assertion that "Dreamers" would not be deported after the March 5 deadline arrives. All of them could face deportation, he said; some may face the loss of health care, imposing burdens not only on the immigrants themselves, but also on public hospitals.

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The administration's March 5th date was meant to force Congress to pass legislation by that time to replace the program in exchange for funding Trump's campaign promise to finish the border wall and increasing immigration control. "They are going around saying they made a mistake".

Democrats oppose ending the visa lottery and limiting family migration to parents and children.

"It is not clear how the President would "revisit" the decision to rescind the DACA programme if the DACA programme were, as the attorney general has stated, 'an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch, '" Garaufis said.

In one area, this new GOP DACA bill runs directly against Mr. Trump's 2019 budget issued on Monday, which sought to eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program - that popular program funnels money to states to deal with the cost of holding illegal immigrants in prison.

Garaufis said his order, which like Alsup's applies nationwide, doesn't mean that any DACA applicant must be automatically granted an extension nor does it prevent the United States from revoking individual DACA recipients' deferred deportation status.

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