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. [Berkeley]

  • DACA protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

  • DACA allows those eligible, or "Dreamers", to get work permits. [Anti-Defamation League]

  • There are about 800,000 Dreamers protected under DACA. [NPR]

WHY IT MATTERS

The fate of hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States remains unclear as Congress continues to fail to create 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. [The Washington Post]

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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. [The Washington Post]

 

 

Fix the system

Some believe the government should be working to correct the broken immigration system, not working to punish Dreamers. [The New York Times]

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. [Procon.org]

 

 

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. [NPR]

 

 

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. [The New York Times]

 

9 Republican state Attorney Generals threatened to sue in order to end DACA prior to President Trump's executive order. [The New York Times]

 

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 [National Immigration Law Center]

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. [The Washington Post]

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  • January 2018 CNN poll found most Americans, regardless of political party, want DACA to continue. [CNN]
    • 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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