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Trump continues to push for DACA's dissolution

by Betül Duru - Copy Editor
Tue, Nov 19th 2019 09:25 pm
The `Home is Here` campaign displayed among others during a demonstration.
The "Home is Here" campaign displayed among others during a demonstration.

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, his main goals appear to be focused on shutting down what the preceding president accomplished. One of these being Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

DACA is a program that started during the Obama administration, meant to protect the immigrants who came to the United States when they were children, according to the Undocumented Student Program. The program’s two main goals are to protect the immigrants from deportation back to their countries and to give them a work permit. 

Before Trump got his hands on DACA, he successfully ended Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). 

“During President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the Department of Homeland Security rescinded the Obama-era memo that created Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, better known as DAPA,” according to Politifact. 

Ever since getting rid of DAPA, Trump has tried to do the same to DACA, unsuccessfully, until recently. 

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority signaled Tuesday that it may let the Trump administration shut down the Obama-era program that granted temporary protection from deportation to roughly 700,000 young people, commonly known as DREAMers,” according to NPR.

In September 2017, Trump’s attorney general declared DACA as illegal and unconstitutional, and ever since then, the defense has been maintained.

According to NPR, “three federal appeals courts disagreed and ruled that when an administration revokes a policy like this, on which so many people, businesses and even the U.S. economy have relied, the administration must provide a fully supported rationale that weighs the pros and cons of the program, the costs and the benefits. Faced with those lower court decisions, the Trump administration appealed to the Supreme Court, which seemed Tuesday to be on the verge of a contrary decision.”

The Supreme Court decided to hear the DACA case on Tuesday, Nov. 12, even though many lower-level courts had concluded the Trump administration had acted inappropriately when it decided to eradicate DACA. 

According to Vox, “after oral arguments, the fate of DACA and the approximately 670,000 immigrants who depend on DACA still appears grim — though there’s a slim possibility the Court could extend the program’s life a little longer.”

With Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court as a justice, the court has been leaning to the conservative side. As a result, many doubt the future of DACA will be bright. 

“The court is expected to make a ruling sometime next spring — right in the middle of an election year when the politics of immigration will be even more difficult. And there is simply no recent evidence that points to Congress coming to a deal, throwing into doubt the deportation protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country as children,” according to Politico.

Revoking DACA might seem controversial because a Republican president is behind the initiative. However, when former President Barack Obama made DACA, he knew it was against the constitution and called it a “temporary stop gate measure,” according to National Review.

However, many U.S. citizens believe DACA recipients have the right to stay in the U.S. 

“According to the survey, almost nine in 10 respondents — 87% — said they believe that the so-called Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the U.S. if they meet certain requirements, such as working or going to school,” according to The Hill.

The Supreme Court justices seem keen on ending the program with the justification that it was illegal all along. 

“Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh — whose votes will be key — seemed poised at times to accept arguments put forward by the government to end the program. But after an hour and a half of arguments, it wasn’t entirely clear how they would ultimately vote in the case,” according to CNN Politics. “The four liberal justices, on the other hand, plainly made clear they believed the government had not followed proper procedures as required by law when winding down such a program.”

The decision of the Supreme Court might change thousands of people’s lives permanently negatively in 2020. 

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