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The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients.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.
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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.

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Thanks for posting Kristi!

DACA Fix vs. DREAM Act: Moving the Goalposts

By Mark Krikorian on September 13, 2017

The press and politicians have been talking about DACA and the DREAM Act interchangeably, but they're different things, and the difference matters a lot.

When the administration announced last week that it was winding down Obama's illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (that gives two-year renewable work permits to illegals who claim to have arrived before age 16), it threw the issue over to Congress, where it belongs.

But fixing the specific problem of 690,000 people who applied in good faith for Obama's illegal program, and whose work permits will start expiring after March 5, is very different from passing a DREAM Act amnesty from scratch. (Another roughly 100,000 received a DACA work permit at some point but no longer have one, either because they failed to renew, they were deported for criminal activity, or they finagled a permanent green card.)

A DACA fix would be a targeted measure for a finite, fixed universe of people. It would, in effect, merely be an upgrade from the tainted "amnesty lite" that Obama gave them to a lawful "amnesty premium". While a DACA fix should include a review of the existing files for fraud (which may be widespread), administratively it would be relatively straightforward, since everyone involved is already in the database.

A from-scratch DREAM Act, on the other hand, would be, as Fred Bauer wrote the other day, "a substantial piece of legislation". There are different versions, but the Senate version offered by the Gang of Four (Graham, Flake, Durbin, and Schumer) could amnesty nearly two million people, according to the immigration-expansionist Migration Policy Institute.

The fact that a DACA-only bill would be so much more limited than a DREAM Act also means that the damage-control elements of such a bill (containing the illegal and legal immigration fallout) could be less significant. For instance, a DACA-only package might include just mandatory E-Verify and the one RAISE Act provision that changes the way parents of U.S. citizens are admitted (from the current permanent green card to a renewable visa for those needing care). This would leave many other changes, like the RAISE Act's other provisions and enforcement measures like the Davis-Oliver Act, for a later date.

In effect, the Democrats (and their high-immigration Republican collaborators) are using the March 5 deadline when the first DACA work permits will expire as a pretext to push for a much broader DREAM Act amnesty. They should not be permitted to get away with it.

I see today where another wasted mind is causing the mouth of the body it is in to move again---That would be the mouth of: "Crazy Old Joe Biden" and the mouth is behaving like someone who has had his head planted up his wazoo since the JIM CROW ERA.........

Crazy Joe the old fool thinks what Trump is doing is wrong. Trump is following the federal Law and TRUMP is wrong in Crazy Joes way of thinking.

This is Un-Constitutional faulty thinking JOE and ought not be part of someone's beliefs who might be contemplating a presidential run!!!!

PIT YOURSELF AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO.

Just put yourself directly against FEDERAL LAW AND THEN TRY TO BECOME PRESIDENT--------------NOT GOOD NOT GOOD! Ignore federal Law, JOE????? 

This is another Fools Fool speaking!

We just got rid of FOOLS FOOL 101.

We Don't NEED FOOLS FOOL 102 with "CRAZY OLD JOE BIDEN"!

Please don't sell our sovereignty cheap, Mr. President!

Without passage of the RAISE ACT, even as permanent legal status, there will be millions of aliens coming into this country through family members in the next 30 years. There will also be millions more U.S. citizens created from these aliens via the 14th Amendment without birthright reform that blocks the offspring born here of illegal alien parents from U.S. citizenship at birth, Mr. President.

Of the three, the wall is perhaps the least effective barrier to illegal immigration than the RAISE ACT or birthright reform.

Moreover, this country will desperately need these two provisions in place before permanent residency (i.e. amnesty) for these DREAMERS is granted.

Lastly, the RAISE ACT and birthright reform will cost virtually nothing to enact when compared to billions being spent on the wall. 

Don't be fooled, Mr. President; permanent legal status is amnesty, and every DEMO and RINO in Congress knows that to be true.

Agree the Raise Act and the END of chain migration are must haves before any Dreamer decisions are made

..."But fixing the specific problem of 690,000 people who applied in good faith for Obama's illegal program,..."

The answer is in this phrase. Illegal still means illegal. Illegal laws are pretended legislation as they violate our Supreme Law. Illegal E.O.'s are in violation right out of the gate, as E.O.'s are to only be constructed to enable the execution of existing legislation, meaning, the original legislation was written by Congress.

Thinking that because it was done, even though done illegally, that we must now allow the repercussions of the illegal thing, is  nonsense. It would be similar to allowing someone who stole a car and then bought a new license, to keep the stolen car, or to allow HBeast to continue to go unprosecuted, because she is now out of government plundering/lying/bribetaking/killing "service", excusing her treason/sedition because she is now only a citizen and treason/sedition can only be done by government officials.

Immigrants and supporters chant during a "We Rise for the Dream" rally to oppose U.S. President Donald Trump's order to end DACA near the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas on September 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects young immigrants who grew up in the U.S. after arriving with their undocumented parents from deportation to a foreign country. Trump's executive order removes protection for about 800,000 current "dreamers," about 13,000 of whom live in Nevada. Congress has the option to replace the policy with legislation before DACA expires on March 5, 2018.

Report: DACA Amnesty May Trigger Flood of 4-6M Foreign Nationals, Not 800K

Should President Trump follow through on a deal where nearly 800,000 illegal aliens are allowed to remain in the United States and eventually obtain U.S. citizenship, research shows it would create a flood of four to six million chain migrants coming to the United States.

Trump, who adamantly opposed the amnesty for illegal aliens protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, is now defending the recipients of the program, as well as leveraging a deal where the foreign nationals could seek a pathway to citizenship through legal status, as Breitbart News reported.

Today, Trump signaled to his supporters that he opposed any sort of chain migration that would follow a DACA amnesty deal, though the deals the White House and Congress are reviewing would all cause such an immigration crisis:

Latest data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows that 618,342 illegal aliens from Mexico currently have DACA status. If they were amnestied into the U.S., it would give them the opportunity to bring adult parents and relatives to the U.S.

“There will be chain migration. There always has been in amnesties,” Center for Immigration Studies Policy Director Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News.

According to Princeton University researchers Stacie Carr and Marta Tienda, for every one new Mexican immigrant to the U.S., an additional 6.38 Mexican nationals come to the U.S. through family-chain migration.

Based on the Princeton research, the 618, 342 illegal aliens from Mexico who are covered by DACA would be able to bring upwards of four million additional relatives and family members to the U.S. in the years to come.

If the remaining estimated 180,000 DACA recipients brought in three family members each after being amnestied, it would result in additional 540,000 immigrants. Should the remaining 180,000 DACA recipients bring four family members each to the U.S., it would result in more than 700,000 new immigrants.

But if the remaining roughly 180,000 DACA recipients were to bring the same number of family members as Mexican DACA recipients are expected to bring to the U.S., it would result in nearly 1.2 million more legal family-based immigrants coming to the country.

On top of the legal chain migration that could occur following a DACA amnesty by Trump, there is also the potential for a massive border surge, like the one that occurred following former President Obama’s creation of the DACA program.

As the Migration Policy Institute has chronicled, previous border surges from amnesty programs have brought hundreds of thousands across the U.S.-Mexico border:

While the flow of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) has been climbing steadily since 2012, a dramatic surge has taken place in the last six months, with the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas as the principal place of entry. The Border Patrol there has converted entire stations to house unaccompanied minors and families.

According to the Border Patrol, apprehensions of unaccompanied children increased from 16,067 in fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and 38,833 in FY 2013. During the first eight months of FY 2014, 47,017 such children were apprehended by the Border Patrol. If the influx continues apace—and it shows no signs of slowing—the administration predicts that by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, totals could reach 90,000.

Ninety-eight percent of unaccompanied minors currently arriving at the border are from Honduras (28 percent), Mexico (25 percent), Guatemala (24 percent), and El Salvador (21 percent). This breakdown represents a significant shift: prior to 2012, more than 75 percent of UACs were from Mexico.

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/report-daca-amne...

S.354 - RAISE Act

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/354

Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces House Version of the RAISE Act

https://www.numbersusa.com/news/rep-lamar-smith-introduced-house-ve...

The RAISE Act Would End the Visa Lottery

The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, introduced in the Senate by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and co-sponsored by Senator David Purdue (R-Ga.), would, along with limiting refugee admissions and ending chain migration, eliminate the Visa Lottery.

https://www.numbersusa.com/blog/raise-act-would-end-visa-lottery

 

Politics, and to many issues not resolved....

Americans Doubt Border Security Would Follow DACA Deal, Poll Finds

Most Americans say the U.S.-Mexico Border will continued to be unsecured if Congress passes an amnesty policy for illegal aliens.

In a Rasmussen Reports survey, 45 percent of Americans said it was not “likely” that even if Congress were to pass an amnesty package for illegal aliens, allowing the estimated 12 to 30 million individuals to remain in the United States, coupled with a security measure, the southern border would still not be secured. A smaller 41 percent disagreed.

The poll also asked Americans which agency should be the authority on making sure the U.S.-Mexico Border is secure. A surveyed 51 percent said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should be tasked, as it currently is, with border enforcement duties.

Discussion of amnesty for illegal aliens has most recently come to forefront as President Trump may break with campaign promises to curb illegal immigration and make a deal to give 800,000 illegal aliens – protected by an Obama-created program known as DACA – lasting legal status.

As Breitbart News reported, the legalization could potentially trigger more arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico Border and surge chain migration to the U.S. that would be upwards of at least 4 to 6 million foreign nationals.

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/19/americans-doubt-border-se...


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