DACA

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The DACA Debate: An American dream or an invitation for illegal immigration?

By Shannon Longworth

Federal Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unconstitutional. The Biden Administration plans to appeal the decision, continuing the debate over DACA, which began with its inception in 2012.

 

LONGWORTH: IT MAY BE THE END OF THE DREAM FOR IMMIGRANTS NATIONWIDE.

THERE ARE ABOUT 700,000 DREAMERS, TEMPORARILY PROTECTED FROM DEPORTATION BY DACA–THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS.

RIGHT NOW, THEIR FUTURES HANG IN THE BALANCE AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE’S RULING THAT THE PROTECTION PROGRAM IS SIMPLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

CONSERVATIVES SAY HE’S RIGHT.

LIBERALS DISAGREE.

BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST—WHAT EVEN *IS* DACA?

LET ME EXPLAIN.

BACK IN 2012, PRESIDENT OBAMA CREATED THE PROGRAM THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER.

IT BENEFITS IMMIGRANTS BROUGHT TO THE U-S ILLEGALLY AS CHILDREN…

PROTECTING THEM FROM DEPORTATION.

THEY HAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO STAY AND WORK HERE,

BUT NO GREEN CARDS–THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT TEMPORARY.

LORA RIES, WITH THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, AND MANY ON THE RIGHT, TAKE ISSUE WITH IT.

RIES: NOT ONLY DOES AN AMNESTY FOR ANY POPULATION, ENCOURAGE MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OR EVEN DISCUSSION OF AN AMNESTY. WE’RE DEALING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE HERE, AND UNFORTUNATELY, IT ALSO ENCOURAGES MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BY MINORS.”

LONGWORTH: IN FACT, RIES SAYS THE PROCEDURE BEHIND THE PROGRAM WASN’T SOUND.

RIES: THE THEN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TOOK IT UPON ITSELF TO SIGN A MEMO AND CREATE THIS DACA PROGRAM OUT OF WHOLE CLOTH. AND THAT’S WHAT MANY JUDGES AND OPPONENTS HAVE SAID WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT’S CONGRESS WHO HAS AUTHORITY TO CREATE IMMIGRATION BENEFITS FOR A POPULATION.”

LONGWORTH: MEANWHILE, ANDRES MEJER, AN ATTORNEY FOR DACA RECIPIENTS, SAYS DREAMERS ARE LIKE ANY OTHER AMERICANS, AND DESERVE PERMANENT PROTECTION.

MEJER: THEY WORK, THEY PAY TAXES, THEY MARRIED, THEY HAVE CHILDREN, THEY RAISE FAMILIES, TO THE EXTENT THAT WE WANT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS DACA ARE THE BEST FOR THE SIMPLE REASON IS THE SMALLEST INFRACTION RESULTS IN THEIR DEPORTATION.”

LONGWORTH: THESE DEBATES HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR ALMOST A DECADE.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO GET RID OF DACA.

THE SUPREME COURT STOPPED THE EFFORT IN JUNE OF 2020.

WHICH BRINGS US TO THE MOST RECENT RULING.

BOTH SIDES JUST LOOKING FOR A PERMANENT DECISION.

MEJER: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? HOW ARE WE GOING TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS THAT PAY TAXES, GAINFULLY EMPLOYED, AND ARE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY? DO WE WANT THEM HERE? IF THE ANSWER IS NO, WELL, I THINK IT’S THE WRONG ANSWER. BUT WE HAVE TO AT LEAST MAKE A DECISION.

RIES: IT IS AN ILLEGAL PROGRAM TO BE SURE. AND WHEN THE SUPREME COURT SAID DHS HAVE THE RIGHT TO RESCIND IT, IT’S DIFFICULT TO  SEE A COURT FINDING THAT THE PROGRAM SHOULD STAY AS IT IS, GIVEN HOW IT WAS CREATED.

LONGWORTH: WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD DACA TURN INTO A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP? OR SHOULD IT BE SCRAPPED ALTOGETHER?

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS.

Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: liberal
ElideguyJuly 28, 2021, 8:34am CT

We need to get control of our borders right now!

Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: neutral
william.beshlian@gmail.comJuly 24, 2021, 8:54am CT

These kids should not be held responsible for a decision their parents made. Here is my proposal. Give the DACA kids a timeframe to register and become citizens. If they are going to school, working paying taxes they have already accepted the basics of being a citizen. Once they are a citizen their parents have a set time period where they can apply for citizenship. If they don't, they go home. If they do the DACA kid is now their sponsor and helps the parents through the process. The DACA kids are the sponsor, who is the American citizen. This is the least the DACA kids can do given the risks their parents took to make a better life for them.

Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: neutral
william.beshlian@gmail.comJuly 24, 2021, 8:54am CT

These kids should not be held responsible for a decision their parents made. Here is my proposal. Give the DACA kids a timeframe to register and become citizens. If they are going to school, working paying taxes they have already accepted the basics of being a citizen. Once they are a citizen their parents have a set time period where they can apply for citizenship. If they don't, they go home. If they do the DACA kid is now their sponsor and helps the parents through the process. The DACA kids are the sponsor, who is the American citizen. This is the least the DACA kids can do given the risks their parents took to make a better life for them.

Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: liberal
ElideguyJuly 28, 2021, 8:34am CT

We need to get control of our borders right now!

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Federal Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unconstitutional. The Biden Administration plans to appeal the decision, continuing the debate over DACA, which began with its inception in 2012.

 

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Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: liberal
ElideguyJuly 28, 2021, 8:34am CT

We need to get control of our borders right now!

Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: neutral
william.beshlian@gmail.comJuly 24, 2021, 8:54am CT

These kids should not be held responsible for a decision their parents made. Here is my proposal. Give the DACA kids a timeframe to register and become citizens. If they are going to school, working paying taxes they have already accepted the basics of being a citizen. Once they are a citizen their parents have a set time period where they can apply for citizenship. If they don't, they go home. If they do the DACA kid is now their sponsor and helps the parents through the process. The DACA kids are the sponsor, who is the American citizen. This is the least the DACA kids can do given the risks their parents took to make a better life for them.