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2020 Presidential Election

2020 Immigration: DACA and Dreamers

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CONTEXT

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  • 2012: DACA was enacted during the Obama administration through executive order. [NPR]
  • The Trump administration has tried to dismantle the program and protections, but the federal courts have temporarily blocked these actions. [The New York Times]
  • November 12, 2019: The Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the program. [National Immigration Law Center] Dreamers are currently "in limbo" until then.
TRUMP ELECTION

President Trump is against DACA and is unclear on citizenship for Dreamers

 

What he's said

Sept. 2017: "I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws." [NPR]

 

Nov 2019: President Trump claimed he would strike a deal with Democratic lawmakers to ensure that Dreamers would be allowed to remain in the U.S. — as long as the Supreme Court overturns DACA. [Politico]

 

 

What he's done

  • Sept. 2017: President Trump announced that his administration would be ending DACA. [NPR]

 

BIDEN ELECTION

Former Vice President Biden supports DACA and supports citizenship for Dreamers

[Politico]

 

What he's said

Biden promises to: [Joe Biden Campaign]

  • "remove the uncertainty for Dreamers by reinstating the DACA program,"
  • "explore all legal options to protect [Dreamers'] families from inhumane separation,"
  • "ensure Dreamers are eligible for federal student aid (loans, Pell grants),"
  • "are included in his proposals to provide access to community college without debt and invest in HBCU/Hispanic Serving Institution/Minority Serving Institutions..."

What he's done

2012: DACA was enacted during the Obama administration through executive order. [NPR]

 

The Biden campaign says VP Biden "championed the creation and expansion of DACA" [Joe Biden Campaign]

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