The controversial program that allows children of illegal immigrants to gain work permits has been a major topic in immigration debate since it was introduced under former president Barack Obama. After campaigning on repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, sources say that President Donald Trump is about to follow through.
According to Politico, there will likely be an official announcement on the program this Tuesday, it will, however, be differed for up to six months:
In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, according to one White House official. However, a senior White House aide said that Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has been running the West Wing policy process on the issue, “thinks Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.”
The report makes a point of saying that in the Trump White House, nothing is final until it’s been officially announced. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the date of an announcement saying: “A decision is not finalized. We will make an announcement on Tuesday.”
It is estimated that up to 800,000 presently benefit from DACA. A popular narrative in the media suggests that repeal could lead to the loss of around 35,000 jobs per month (up to a total of 700,000). In response to these claims, advocates of a DACA repeal state that this means there would be 700,000 new jobs on the market for American citizens.
This is decision will likely be fought in the courts and in the media arena. Republican lawmakers have threatened court action if DACA is NOT withdrawn, whereas Democrats have threatened action if it is!
The DACA decision is not split directly down partisan lines. Back in June, Senator Marco Rubio spoke to CNN about his thoughts on protecting DREAMers:
“My hope is that as part of this process we can work on a way to deal with this issue and solve it through legislation, which is the right way to do it and the constitutional way to do it.”
To many who have been asking for a tightening up of the way visas are issued, the decision to “kick it into the long grass” for six months appears as though it will be ignored until the next big crisis comes along.
Both the President and Congress havery a lot on their plates at the moment. Hurricane relief, tax reform, etc. The six month delay may just be a matter of more pressing priorities. However, it pushes implementation right into the middle of the fray of midterm elections as well.