On Tuesday Sept. 5, 2017 Je Sessions, the United States Attorney General, stated that the administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program was created by President Barrack Obama in June of 2012. DACA protects illegal immigrants who came to the United States under the age of 16 from deportation, who have applied for a DACA permit. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 800,000 illegal immigrants have been covered under the program.
The government has stopped accepting applications as of Sept. 5, 2017. All application that were submitted before this deadline will still be processed and either approved or rejected. Any DACA recipients whose permits are set to expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 will be able to reapply for a two-year renewal. These applications must be submitted by Oct. 5, 2017. Individuals whose DACA permit expires on or after March 5, 2018 will no longer be protected under DACA as of March 6, 2018. Finally, anyone who has not applied for a permit will no longer be eligible to apply.
“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest., we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple,” said Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, at the Department of Justice.
Following the Sessions announcement, President Trump came out with a statement saying that he looks forward to working with both the Republicans and the Democrats to resolve the DACA issue through the democratic process of law. His office has also reiterated that they will focus predominantly on deporting criminals rather than Dreamers. Dreamers are DACA permit recipients. “Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border- crossers, visa overstays, and repeat violators. I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity, or are members of a gang.” Said President Trump in a statement with ABC News.
This action by the administration was in response to 10 state Attorney Generals who set a deadline to further expand their lawsuit against the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).
Individuals who support the end of DACA look to put unemployed Americans back to work. According to CNN Money, roughly 30,000 DACA recipients will be out of work each month after the permits expire. Supporters of removing DACA hope to replace those job openings with Americans who have undergone the struggle of unemployment.
Individuals who are opposed to the ending of DACA cite the cost of deporting all of the people covered under DACA. The estimated cost to deport all enlisted into the program is $60 billion. The opposition cites other reasons, such as, the poor living conditions in other countrys, as well as the positive impacts these illegal immigrants have had on society. However, as President Trump stated, the focus of deportation would still hone in on criminals and not on the Dreamers.
In the next six months, the House and Senate will work together in an attempt to reach a consensus that is best for the American people regarding DACA. This could be a monumental step for the country. This could result in the rst open cooperation between both sides of the aisle in Congress. A nal piece of legislation must be completed and voted on before March 5, 2018.
Manhattanville College will host an open discussion forum on Sept. 20, 2017 for anyone that would like to discuss share their view on this particular issue.