(ESPAÑOL) With the president’s announcement that he will decide what to do with DACA tomorrow, this is a good time to examine the law in retrospect while faced with the possibility is could be abolished by this time tomorrow.
When Trump made his announcement on Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, immediately pled to him that he not end the program. However, it seems that he is leaning towards ending it, despite previous statements where he professed that he would keep it due to it being low priority in his immigration to-do list.
His announcement came after nearly 400 US executives, including Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos urged Trump not to end the program.
Conservative estimates put the number of those affected by DACA’s cancellation at around 1 million, with a commensurate effect on the economy due to the impact of removing these residents and the costs of the procedure itself.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows people arriving in the United States before age 16 and who meet certain other criteria to defer deportation. This deferment allows them to obtain work permits, continue their education, and apply to travel in and out of the country. Certain jurisdictions also allowed such recipients, along with other undocumented immigrants in general, to obtain driver’s licenses and other forms of identification which allow them to live more or less like legal residents, apart from the fact that their deferment implies they could later be deported if such executive action is revoked or lapses.
The idea of DACA was to create an executive, rather than legislative, system which would give some reprieve to children who had no choice being brought illegally to the country while Congress created a law which would deal with them effectively. However, since President Obama instituted the program in 2012, the American government has made no move to create a cohesive immigration system to replace DACA, and the program might soon end with the root issue left unresolved.