WHAT IT IS
- September 5, 2017: President Trump ordered a winding down of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
- DACA is an immigration policy established by an Obama administration executive order, in response to Congress’s inability to pass immigration reform for over a decade.
- DACA shields young undocumented immigrants, or “dreamers”, from deportation. There are about 800,000 immigrants who are protected under DACA.
- President Trump called on Congress to pass immigration reform in six months before he phases out DACA in March.
WHY IT MATTERS
This is another repudiation by the Trump Administration of an Obama era executive order. The full rescinding of DACA could have a large impact on many young immigrants in the U.S. who have not lived anywhere else. This decision falls in line with President Trump’s campaign promises and puts pressure on a highly divided Congress to come up with a solution.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- President Trump, after declaring the phase out of DACA, claimed that “dreamer recipients” have nothing to worry about.
- Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, promised a legislative answer to President Trump’s DACA decision.
- Pope Francis urged President Trump to reinstate and view DACA as “pro-life”.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Here is a New York Times article on different views of the DACA decision.
- Here is the eligibility requirements for DACA recipients.
- Is President Trump abusing the executive order privilege, or following in Obama’s footsteps?