Past Features

September 5, 2017

DACA Ends - will
real screening begin?

Attorney General Sessions announces DACA decision.
NPR -- September 5, 2017
Trump Ends DACA, Calls On Congress To Act
    The Trump administration Tuesday formally announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program --- also called DACA --- putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as "DREAMers," who entered the country illegally as children.
    Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said the administration, facing legal challenges to the program, "chose the least disruptive option," letting the program wind down in six months, and placing the onus on a sharply divided Congress to enact former President Barack Obama's executive action into law.
    In a statement, Duke said the administration's decision to terminate DACA "was not taken lightly. The Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program's constitutionality and determined it conflicts with our existing immigration laws."
    Announcing the decision Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Session said, "Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.”
    Duke said no current beneficiaries will be affected before March 5 of next year. But she said, "No new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on."
    Trump signaled the decision earlier on Tuesday, tweeting, "Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA.

CNN -- September 5, 2017
Trump ends DACA, but gives Congress window to save it
      ....No one's DACA status will be revoked before it expires, administration officials said, and any applications already received by Tuesday will be processed.
    Anyone who's status expires by March 5 has one month to apply for a new two-year permit, and those applications will be processed.
    If Congress were not to act, and DACA begins to expire, nearly 300,000 people could begin to lose their status in 2018, and more than 320,000 would lose their status from January to August 2019. More than 200,000 recipients have their DACA expiring in the window that DHS will allow renewal.

Glenn Spencer -- September 5, 2017
A chance for honesty
Whatever Congress decides to do, the Trump administration will have a chance to screen DACA applications with an eye toward honesty and completeness.
    It will be instructive to see how many actually apply for renewal.