DACA and "Dreamers"
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DACA and "Dreamers"

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WHAT IT IS

  • DACA is an immigration policy created by the Obama administration.1

  • DACA protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

  • DACA allows those eligible, or "Dreamers", to get work permits.13

  • There are about 800,000 Dreamers protected under DACA.3

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PRESIDENT TRUMP and DACA

 

Sept. 5, 2017: The Trump administration ordered an end to DACA. The administration called on Congress to pass a bill to save the policy within six months.

 

Jan. 25, 2018: The White House proposed a path to citizenship for DACA recipients through legislation, but included $30 billion for the border wall within the bill.

 

Feb. 14, 2018: A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise plan, which included $25 billion for the border, a pathway to citizenship for the immigrants, cuts to one slim category of family-based migration and prevents the parents who brought their children to the US illegally from ever being sponsored for citizenship by those children. 

 

Feb. 15, 2018: Both plans fail to receive 60 votes in Senate to pass.

 

Apr. 24, 2018: Federal judge ruled DACA must continue, and USCIS must continue to accept applications.

 

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WHY IT MATTERS

The fate of hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States remains unclear as Congress continues to fail at creating a bipartisan legislative response and plan.

KEEP DACA

Good for America

Many agree that Dreamers benefit the U.S. economy. If Dreamers are gone, some estimate a loss of over $460 billion to the economy over the next 10 years.4

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Not their fault

This largely affects younger immigrants who came to the United States as infants or children and had no say in the matter.5

 

 

Fix the system

Some believe the government should be working to correct the broken immigration system, not working to punish Dreamers.6

REMOVE DACA

Against the law

Some believe that amnesty should not be given to those who break the law. A potential consequence of doing so is encouraging illegal immigration.7

 

 

More competition

DACA allows more working individuals to legally remain in the United States. Some believe that DACA makes it more competitive for citizens to find jobs.8

 

 

Fix the problem

By removing DACA, responsibility shifts to Congress to create legislation that either protects or removes Dreamers. Many believe legislation is better than an executive order.9

 

 

May be inevitable

9 Republican state Attorney Generals threatened to sue in order to end DACA prior to President Trump's executive order.10

 

UPDATE: On May 1, 2018, Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging DACA.14

WHERE WE ARE NOW

  • Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are still working to pass legislation.
  • Pope Francis views DACA as pro-life and has publicly urged President Trump to reinstate the executive order.11
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January 2018 CNN poll found most Americans, regardless of political party, want DACA to continue.12

  • 84% - Yes
  • 11% - No
  • 5% - No opinion

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Is President Trump abusing the executive order privilege, or using it just like President Obama? 
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