Congress must address immigration reform now — Letter

14 Septembre, 2017, 00:52 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Congress must address immigration reform now — Letter

Democrats announced Wednesday they sought to ensure protections for DACA recipients through a version of a law known as the DREAM Act.

After stories aired Tuesday about the president's decision to end the DACA program, many viewers asked questions about the program and if immigrants protected under the program could get permanent citizenship instead. "The priorities remain the same: criminals, security threats and those who repeatedly violate our immigration laws".

But what does that mean for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. right now? Only 15 percent in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll said the Dreamers should be deported.

Still, cities and states have succeeded in the courts against the Trump administration since early in his presidency, getting courts to block policies including the travel ban and sanctuary cities threats.

To request DACA, you had to be younger than 31 before June 15, 2012.

Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. People with DACA are not eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, Section 8 or the Affordable Care Act.

Yet leverage-wise, it's unclear what the Democrats will gain by pushing the DACA debate to the future.

DACA recipients also cannot have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.

Conservative states may have boxed President Donald Trump into announcing an end for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - but Democratic state attorneys general are already fighting back.

Congress must address immigration reform now — Letter
Congress must address immigration reform now — Letter

"As President Trump's statements about Mexico and those with Mexican roots show, the President has demonstrated a willingness to disparage Mexicans in a misguided attempt to secure support from his constituency, even when such impulses are impermissible motives for directing governmental policy", the attorneys general wrote.

Another main point of contention is DACA recipients don't pay taxes. It's made up of people like Warren Buffet, Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos with Amazon, and more.

They say without DACA recipients, our economy could lose just over $460 billion from the national GDP. They say former president Barack Obama's DACA program was unconstitutional.

Legal experts say attorneys general have a long road ahead of them.

Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization.

The lawsuit alleges the end of the program will cause financial harm to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Gutiérrez arrested at White House immigration protest Supporting 'Dreamers' is our civic and moral duty Momentum builds for bill to help 'Dreamers' MORE (D-Ill.), Congress's most vocal immigration reform advocate, gave a much harsher critique, questioning the Democrats' commitment to protecting the DACA program, which has granted temporary work permits to roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

"He (the President) has passed the hot potato", Mr Rodrigo Pimentel, a Dreamer, told The Straits Times.

"I filed suit against President Trump and his administration to protect DACA because Dreamers are just as American as first lady Melania Trump", New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement.