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The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients.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.
Rohrabacher: DACA fix would 'obliterate' chances of controlling border
'What we'll see is a flood of millions more people coming in'
While Republicans and Democrats work to produce legislation to grant legal status and a pathway to citizenship for people brought to the United States illegally when they were children, one Republican congressman says Congress should refuse to enshrine that policy into law to avoid a flood of new illegal immigrants looking to benefit from the same policy.
In September, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, would end in March 2018, but also suggested that the people impacted by his decision ought not to worry. Barack Obama enacted DACA in 2012 and the program survived despite fierce criticism that such a change in the law should instead come through an act of Congress.
With the DACA expiration now just weeks away, House and Senate leaders in both parties appear united in wanting to pass legislation to protect those impacted by the policy. A “Gang of Six” in the Senate is working on the bill, although President Trump has rejected their first overture.
Many conservatives are urging GOP leaders and President Trump to use DACA as leverage to squeeze concessions out of Democrats, including a reduction in chain migration, and end to the visa lottery, expanded E-Verify at businesses and greater border security including at least portions of a new border wall.
However, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., rejects the premise of the discussions. He doesn’t want DACA as part of federal law.
“If we legalize the status of 850,000 young people who are here illegally, we can expect tens of millions of young people throughout the world to notice that.
“If they would like the government benefits of health care and education that comes from legally being in the United States, there is no reason for me to believe this won’t obliterate our chances of getting control of our border,” said Rohrabacher.
The congressman says once Congress gives the green light to putting “dreamers” on the path to citizenship, it may be impossible to restore integrity to the nation’s immigration system.
“We’re talking about millions of people here who will be brought into this country and there’s no way we can build a wall high enough or dig a ditch deep enough to stop it after we’ve given them a treasure house of medical care and education. We are going to undo any good we can possibly do otherwise,” said
Rohrabacher says even if the legislation agrees to significant limits on chain migration, providing legal status to people who came to the U.S. illegally will still be crippling.
It's all about getting votes. Destroying America is just fine with, I guess, about 80% of Congress. Why no one in Congress just plain raises hell, rounds up the good ones to pitch Ryan and McConnell to the curb, and to tell the commie demos to quit screwing American citizens, said in one way or the other.
Revolution sounds pretty much better to me, than watching this sick play unfold. and I do not mean violence, I mean taking to the streets, to the phony representatives and senator's offices and camping out and giving them an earfull of what ails me and us.
The 800K currently looking for Amnesty/life time work permits under the US Senate Bill would immediately expand to over 11 million life time work permits (See: https://www.numbersusa.com/news/gop-senators-split-pro-amnesty-work... )... according to Numbers USA, a non-partisan Immigration think tank. In addition, as this article points out, the signal sent would end up bringing millions more to America with the understanding that they too would eventually be granted legal status.
All of Congress needs to be fired.... if Amnesty in any form is passed. The people have said, for years, that they don't want Amnesty and too deport the illegal aliens. Lame excuses and delays on enforcement bordering on criminal conduct by nearly every administration... are hall marks of the irresponsibility of all the members of Congress...none of them have taken the necessary steps to ENFORCE EXISTING LAW and are therefore guilty of Misprision of a Felony... a federal crime for failing to enforce the law.
The problem with our immigration policy is not STATUTORY LAW... it is criminal conduct by Congress, the Administration, Federal Judiciary, and the illegal aliens. I say begin with prosecuting the Government agents who have refused to enforce the law... and work our way down the chain of command until we deport or force out all the illegal aliens now in the US.
For more on the current Immigration battle see:
I wish the local sheriffs would wake up to what they exactly have the rights to do to those who do not enforce our laws.
The Sheriff's need local Prosecutors and Judges to back them up or they will end up like Sheriff Arpaio of Arizona... out of a job and held in criminal contempt by some assh***Judge.
Trump blames Democrats for unraveling immigration deal
Rift could send government into partial shutdown
President Trump said Sunday that immigration negotiations appear to have broken down and Democrats are to blame, saying they have refused to meet his demands to increase border security and reform a flawed legal system.
Democrats, and some allied Republicans, countered that they’ll try to work around the president, hoping to build support for the amnesty plan they tried to sell to the White House last week — but which Mr. Trump rejected in a meeting where he used extreme language to talk about Haiti, El Salvador and other countries.
But the deepening rift between the two sides could send the government careening into a partial shutdown later this week, if Democrats insist on approval an amnesty for illegal immigrant “Dreamers” as part of any action on a new spending bill, which is due Friday.
Some Democrats, pressured by immigrant-rights groups and liberal activists, have said they won’t allow any spending bill to pass without the amnesty, and party leaders are trying to figure out whether to embrace the fight — and how much blame they would take.
While the Friday deadline is real on the spending side, it’s an artificial deadline for immigration. The Trump administration’s phaseout of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which was supposed to be completed on March 5 — is on hold, and Homeland Security officials said Saturday they’ll start accepting applications again to comply with a court order.
Now that some 700,000 DACA folks can regain their protections and permission to work in the U.S., there’s less actual urgency. But activist groups said they’ll still push Friday’s deadline for action or a shutdown.
“Trump killed DACA and this latest back and forth on doesn’t change that. The fact remains that immigrant youth are either living in danger and policymakers must deliver the permanent protection of the Dream Act by January 19th,” Greisa Martinez Rosas, advocacy director for United We Dream, said in a statement.
On Sunday evening, Mr. Trump said he was ready to strike a deal on DACA but Democrats won’t do it.
“We are ready willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal,” Mr. Trump said. “The folks from DACA should know the Democrats are the ones that aren’t going to make a deal.”
The president upped the pressure on Democrats in reponse to questions from reporters as he entered Trump International Golf Club, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was his dinner guest.
“Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal. I think they talk about DACA but they don’t want to help the DACA people,” said Mr. Trump.
The two sides had appeared to be making progress early last week, after a meeting at the White House on Tuesday saw lawmakers emerge to say they’d agreed on four principles for any bill: legal status for Dreamers, more border security, limits to the chain of family migration an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery, which doles out immigration passes based on pure chance.
Sens. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Richard Durbin, a Democrat, struck a deal between themselves that called for a generous pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, gave Mr. Trump less than 10 percent of his border wall and a slim reduction — if any — in chain migration.
DHS Office of Inspector General Finds Serious Risks to National Security
At NumbersUSA we take national security very seriously. The reason we don’t spend a lot of time writing about terrorism and the criminal threat associated with our failed immigration system is two-fold. First, most foreigners who come to the United States, either legally or illegally, are not terrorists and are not intent on committing violent crimes against people in this country. This is not to discount the potential of terrorists entering the United States, or the very real problem of crimes committed by immigrants.
Second, most foreigners who come to the United States, either legally or illegally, seek employment, or they come with a family member who is seeking work here. The United States in effect issues one million lifetime work permits a year to immigrants, and this number does not include guest workers and illegal aliens. Immigration has the most pronounced effect on the U.S. labor market, with employment prospects and wages for American workers suffering under the current system. Mass immigration also puts tremendous strains on our nation’s infrastructure, social services, and natural resources.
However, there are noteworthy issues directly related to immigration policies and practices that may not get the deserved attention if NumbersUSA does not shine the spotlight on them. One such item is a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) which found “ICE’s Screening Protocol of Aliens Who May Be Known or Suspected Terrorists is Limited and Risks National Security.”
According to the OIG:
Auditors sampled 40 of 142 ERO case files of detained aliens identified as known or suspected terrorists during fiscal years 2013 through 2015. They reviewed the cases to test ERO’s implementation of KSTEP and found instances of noncompliance in all 40 cases. ERO failed to follow procedures from running initial checks to fully documenting its actions. DHS OIG attributes some instances of noncompliance to limited program oversight and weak management controls.
KSTEP is the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol established by ICE to coordinate information sharing among law enforcement and intelligence agencies to “streamline the screening protocol of all aliens” in order to identify known or suspected terrorists. The OIG found that in all the cases it sampled, protocols established to identify known or suspected were not followed by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
The DHS OIG found several reasons for these failure:
…some ERO offices do not have access to DHS classified networks which are imperative to communicate derogatory information related to known or suspected terrorists. To collect pertinent information on known or suspected terrorists, ERO agents are forced to inconveniently travel to gain access, sometimes hours away. Some ERO field offices do not any access, which limits and can jeopardize custody decisions. Additionally, some local law enforcement agencies declined to cooperate with ICE, preventing Homeland Security from screening other criminal aliens. [emphasis added]
The DHS OIG made four recommendations to rectify the situation:
“ICE concurred with all four recommendations.”
The argument we have heard for years is that the threat of terrorists entering the United States is negligible, despite much evidence to the contrary, because there are “rigorous” vetting procedures already in place, particularly for refugees. The NumbersUSA response had been that the vetting described as “rigorous” has been shown to be inadequate, particularly when it comes to screening nationals from countries where reliable information about those individuals is unavailable to U.S. immigration officers. That presents a dangerous situation in which known or potential terrorists can, and have, entered the United States. The DHS OIG report reveals an even more troubling reality: there is a systematic failure within ICE even to utilize the vetting processes available to identify individuals who may carry out acts of terrorism in the United States.
NASA We Have A Problem: http://teapartyorg.ning.com/forum/topics/americas-un-daca-muslims-i...
1) The USCIS ... US Citizen Immigration Service doesn't have to comply with the order of ONE US DISTRICT JUDGE... his orders are in contradiction to the AG's finding and extends no further than the District he is in... the President can take applications... but the Administration can hold them indefinitely without action until the US Supreme Court AND CONGRESS agree on what the law is... this is what happens when Congress refuses to do its duty by IMPEACHING activist judges.
2) The President needs to issue a comprehensive layman's interpretation of the current immigration and naturalization act with an emphasis on enforcing the existing law... not EO or other documents that have countermanded the actual law. We must end the false interpretation and misinformation being circulate with regard to the status of illegal aliens and the so called DACA individuals.
Finally, the President needs to FIRE ALL CIVIL SERVICE AGENTS and APPOINTEES who refuse to enforce the law as written... replacing them with those who will. Massive deportations need to take place with arrests of those Citizen's who are harboring or aiding and abetting illegal alien trafficking.
I would love to see ya take on this guy and what he stated, it would be a slam dunk if ya can?: http://teapartyorg.ning.com/forum/topics/americas-un-daca-muslims-i...
Other then that......