December 6, 2019

America Needs a DACA Deal

It’s the right thing to do for the ‘Dreamers’—and for the economy, writes Becoming American Initiative Director Linda Chavez in The Bulwark.

It is coming up on the two-year anniversary of President Trump’s promise to “take the heat” if Congress would reach a bipartisan deal to give legal protections to some 700,000 young people who came to the United States illegally as children. But like most Trump “deals,” this one fell apart as soon as the words were out of his mouth. In the interim, the administration has fought hard to strip all protections from Dreamers, arguing last month before the Supreme Court that the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was unconstitutional. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of young men and women who grew up and were educated in the United States face a dangerous future in which they could be deported to countries they’ve never known, where they may well become targets of drug cartels and crime syndicates from which their parents fled decades ago to protect them.

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