Recently, the Administration received a letter essentially saying End DACA or we will sue you!E
Although many people see President Trump as the most anti-immigrant President in recent history, to others, he is not anti-immigrant enough.
In a memo issued on June 15, 2017, DHS Secretary John Kelley rescinded the Obama Administration’s memorandum expanding the DACA program and creating the DAPA program for certain parents of US citizens. However, the memo declared that the original DACA program created in 2012 for children who were brought to the US at a young age by their parents “will remain in place”.
On June 29, the Attorneys General of Texas and 9 other states (Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia) sent a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to bring an action in Federal Court to declare that the DACA program is unconstitutional unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) phases out the program.
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End DACA Letter
The letter demands that DHS rescind the 2012 memorandum which created DACA, and not renew or issue any DACA permits in the future. If DHS does so by September 5, the letter states that the plaintiffs will voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit.
However, if the DHS does not end DACA, the letter states that the complaint challenging DAPA and the expanded DACA program in Texas v. United States will be amended to include the existing DACA program.
Both the DAPA and expanded DACA programs have been enjoined by the Federal Courts. The Supreme Court has remanded the case to the District Court Judge in Texas to rule on the merits of the case.
The bottom line is that these 10 Attorney Generals want the Administration to end DACA thereby making the nearly 800,000 Dreamers who benefit from DACA undocumented aliens once again, subject to deportation.
How did Attorney General Sessions react to the threatening letter? Was he offended?
On “Fox and Friends”, Sessions stated: “… I like it that our states and localities are holding our federal government to account, expecting us to do what is our responsibility to the state and locals, and that’s to enforce the law.”
Will President Trump cave in and end DACA? If he does, Dreamers will be an easy target for DHS to deport since the government has each of their addresses.
There are some limited options for certain DACA recipients to apply for green cards before the program is rescinded or struck down by the Supreme Court a couple of years from now.
But for the majority of DACA recipients, the best post-DACA plan of action may be to change their addresses.
And is it even remotely possible that Congress would pass a law to protect the Dreamers? Perhaps, but only if they are pressured by their constituents to do so.