“Immigration activists fear for future of ‘Dreamers’ program”

7/17/2017
The Hill


“Pro-immigrant activists are growing increasingly pessimistic that the Trump administration will defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from court challenges.

“…Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) lawmakers this week that he didn't believe the program was legally sustainable.

“Kelly urged members to come up with a legislative solution that could provide permanent relief to Dreamers, as DACA recipients are commonly known.

“But neither legislators nor activists are optimistic that could happen, much less in a short time frame.

“…DACA's legality is being challenged by a lawsuit brought by Texas and nine other states.

“…A White House official speaking on background said no determination has been made on the future of the program

“…While Trump and Kelly have left the door open to continuing DACA…the program's defenders are wary of leaving its legal defense up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“…And advocates for DACA argue that ultimately it will be the administration's defense of the program, not the program's legality itself, that determines its fate.

“…The Supreme Court last year heard a case on Obama's executive actions on immigration that ended in a 4-4 deadlock, effectively ending the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded DACA programs.

“DACA itself was not a part of that case, and it was left untouched.

“But Kelly's warning on Wednesday [July 12] reignited fears among DACA supporters that had subsided since the June [2017] extension.

“Moderate Republicans have said a legislative fix is within reach, and made more urgent by the legal challenge.”

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