The Trump administration on Tuesday announced the “orderly wind down” of the Obama-era program that gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – putting pressure on Congress to come up with a legislative alternative.
The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients. According to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, the interval is meant to give Congress “time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions.”
“However, I want to be clear that no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on,” Duke said in a written statement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking to reporters, blasted the Obama administration's "disrespect for the legislative process" in enacting the 2012 policy. He said the “unilateral executive amnesty” probably would have been blocked by the courts anyway.
“The executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Sessions said, blaming the policy for the recent “surge” at the border. “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”
A day earlier, Sessions sent Duke a letter with his legal determination that the 2012 executive action was unconstitutional.
The Trump administration was facing a Tuesday deadline to make a decision on DACA or face legal action by Republican state AGs who hoped to force the president’s hand in discontinuing the program.
Administration officials cast their approach Tuesday at the least disruptive option.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to terminate DACA, though he appeared to soften his stance since taking office. In ending the program with a six-month delay, Trump put the onus on Congress to pass a legislative fix.
According to DHS, no current beneficiaries will be impacted before March 5, 2018.
“Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, a woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during an immigration reform rally at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
While some Republicans support the goals of the DACA program, many opposed the use of executive action to institute it, describing the move as a presidential overreach.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is among those who now supports the call to protect so-called “Dreamers” with legislation.
“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach,” he said in a statement. "However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who -- for all practical purposes know no country other than America. If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma.”
On a conference call, administration officials said Tuesday they are still prioritizing criminal aliens for deportation. But they described the original DACA criteria as very broad and cited the legal determination of the Justice Department.
During the presidential campaign, Trump referred to DACA as “illegal amnesty.” However, he seemed to edge away from that stance in April when he told the Associated Press that DACA recipients could “rest easy.”
The DACA program was formed through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allowing recipients to get a deportation reprieve – and work permits – for a two-year period subject to renewal. Under the program, individuals were able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and have continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007. Individuals must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record.
Congress had been considering legislation to shield young illegal immigrants from deportation for years, dating back to the George W. Bush administration. Lawmakers tried again to pass a bill during the Obama administration, but couldn’t muster the votes amid flagging Republican support before Obama formed the program in 2012.
Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are currently under the program's umbrella.
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he supported a legislative solution to protect undocumented minors, but also urged the president to reconsider scrapping DACA.
"I actually don't think he should do that and I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix," Ryan said on radio station WCLO.
Trump says he won't sign a DACA amnesty without Congress first ending Chain Migration
FRI, NOV 3TH
President Trump discussed immigration twice on Thursday, and both discussions went about as well as we could have hoped.
One discussion was captured on video -- a sit-down interview that President Trump gave to Fox News' Laura Ingraham. During the interview, Trump made two important statements.
First, when asked if Chain Migration would be part of a DACA deal, he said, "yes, it will be part of a DACA deal."
Second, Trump made the distinction between "DACA" and the "DREAM Act". This is significant because of how both amnesties would affect the numbers. A DACA amnesty would impact about 700,000 young-adult illegal aliens, whereas a DREAM Act amnesty would impact more than 3 million illegal aliens, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
Our Capitol Hill team prepared a chart comparing the five main amnesties that have been discussed since the Trump administration announced an end to DACA in early-September. The chart computes the potential Chain Migration impact for each proposal.
Unfortunately, Pres. Trump did not pledge to make mandatory E-Verify part of a DACA amnesty even though Ingraham pressed him on the issue. NumbersUSA will continue to push to require all businesses to use E-Verify.
I am just shot out from all the blogs, I would take the time to read all about this, but seeing how I have not, I will hold back on political punts to later.
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 @ 10:42 am EST
On Thursday, a group of 14 House Republicans held a news conference urging Speaker Ryan to pass an amnesty for DACA recipients. The group wants immediate action instead of waiting closer to the March deadline set by Pres. Trump.
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said the remarks during the news conference were to encourage Ryan and "maybe put a little pressure on him as well to come forward with that solution that a majority of Republicans can support."
Newhouse stopped short of demanding the amnesty be placed in the year end spending bill as Democrats have suggested but he added that, "if in order to be successful in this issue that is an option that is open to us, I think a lot of people would probably be open to that."
Pres. Trump and Republican senators agreed last week to not include the amnesty in the omnibus and Speaker Ryan said that they should handle the DACA issue, "separately, on its own merits."
Speaker Ryan immediately responded to the news conference by saying that "active discussions are underway with members" about the DACA issue. He cautioned about moving too fast saying, "I don't think we should put artificial deadlines inside the one we already have."
The 14 members of the press conference include: Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Susan Brooks (R-In.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), John Faso (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).
Read more on this story at The News Tribune.
No amnesty first! So here's the deal: In return for ending chain migration, birthright citizenship, and with an effective E-verify system in place, a general amnesty will be granted to all registered, undocumented aliens working and living in the United States at a time certain.
GOP Leaders offer tough talk on DACA amnesty, but Members from both sides of the aisle dial up the pressure on a deal
There have been a number of developments over the last 36 hours pertaining to the spending bill that Congress must pass by Dec. 8 or risk a government shutdown, and whether the bill will include an amnesty for illegal aliens who received Pres. Obama's unconstitutional DACA executive amnesty.
What we know:
• House Republican Leaders prefer to pass two short-term spending bills -- one that extends the Dec. 8 deadline until Dec. 22, followed by a second bill that extends the deadline into the new year. Their thinking is that it will provide enough time to pass an immigration package later that would likely grant a permanent amnesty to DACA recipients, fund the border wall, and end Chain Migration.
• House Republicans are divided on the strategy. Pro-enforcement Republicans fear that such a move would further empower the pro-DACA amnesty advocates, while some House appropriators want to see government funding approved for a longer period of time.
• Democrats in both the House and Senate who want to see a DACA amnesty without anything related to Chain Migration, the Visa Lottery, E-Verify, and border funding included in the spending bill are gaining momentum. More and more Democrats are saying they won't support a spending bill that doesn't include a DACA amnesty. And the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Dick Durbin, is leading the way.
• Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent Sen. Durbin a proposal that would exchange a DACA amnesty (without a path to citizenship) for border security, E-Verify, and an end to Chain Migration. Sen. Durbin rejected the offer.
• A group of House Republicans, led by Reps. Scott Taylor of Virginia and Dan Newhouse of Washington, are pressuring Speaker Paul Ryan to include a "no-strings-attached" DACA amnesty in the spending bill. News reports indicate they are trying to obtain signatures from two to three dozen GOP Representatives to force an amnesty that continues Chain Migration and the ability of employers to hire future illegal aliens.
If all that seems daunting, there were some positive developments this week.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat down with Fox News' Laura Ingraham and endorsed Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue's RAISE Act and said ending Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery should be part of any DACA deal. He also called Democratic efforts to tie a DACA amnesty to the spending bill a "dumb place" to be.
On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Democrats blew their chance at including a DACA amnesty in a longer-term spending bill when they didn't show up to a meeting between Congressional Leaders and President Trump on Tuesday. Speaker Ryan said, "I don't think Ds are in a very good position to be making demands if they're not even going to participate in the negotiations."
The Center for Immigration Studies held a panel on Thursday that featured RAISE Act sponsor, Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, Jordan Commission Vice Chair, Dr. Michael Teitelbaum, and CIS' Director of Policy Studies, Jessica Vaughan, to discuss the Jordan Commission's recommendations and how the RAISE Act would address them.
Dr. Teitelbaum noted that past immigration reform bills (1990, 1986, 1965) have had "unintended consequences" that make it more difficult to make changes. He said these unintended consequences have benefited certain special interest groups, and it's been lobbying efforts by those groups that have made it difficult for Congress to fix the consequences.
All three panelists agreed that Chain Migration would multiply the effect of any amnesty, including an amnesty for DACA recipients, and said Congress should end Chain Migration before passing another amnesty.
Not Funny Hank!
Just Not Funny!
The Democrats view is Hey lets give away America to people illegally here and make Illegal Entry into our country OK. I don't know where you live Hank but here in Southern California the Blight or Undocumented non citizens is destroying the overall clean appearance of our cities. Graffiti, Mex. slogans, Mex Gangs, trash thrown everywhere....It looks like Mexico across the border now.
WE NEED THAT WALL NOW HANK!
Tell that to the Republican's vote for TPA Legislation, which by the way is a UN Agenda, and the Eu Agenda and oh yea lets not for get about Cruz and Obama's hand in it, nice bunch of people.
Pretty appropriate, twisting that thing in the wind, while sh*tting on us, who at one time, WERE, WE the People. Now we are just the knotheads who keep taking it and paying for it with not much of a recourse in sight since our warriar is in the battle for us and we have no way to help or so it seems.
I think the DEMs are going to make another devious attempt when they have their meeting with the President. They do NOT want to let this go. It just means more votes for the DEMs. The DEMs need an underclass group to remain in power. They NEVER offer real real solutions nor can they debate in the arena of ideas. They're socialists and don't really care to help the Americans citizens. Forcing the Obamacare debacle down our throats was clear evidence of their disdain for all to see. For them, it's all about maintaining their power. They can't win elections unless they manufacture votes from the so-called victim segment of their fringe voter base.
Yep they will definitely be making another move on this one!