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DACA deadline: recipients rush to renew by next week

30 September 2017, 04:02 | Percy Christensen

Study: Amnesty for 'Dreamers' Could Lead to 1.4 Million More Migrants


Tillis unveiled the legislation along with co-authors Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah also supports the legislation, titled the Succeed Act.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has protected the nation's so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents.

Having rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era order that granted dreamers relief from deportation, Mr. Trump has shifted the fate of almost 700,000 young immigrants to Congress. Congress has proved itself inept lately on many fronts, but here is one issue teed up and ready-made for success.

"It is right for there to be consequences for those who intentionally entered this country illegally", said Lankford, in a press statement, following the bill's introduction. "They're caught in between at this point".

Already immigration advocates have decried the bill as too harsh. Sen.

Meanwhile, immigrant advocates around the country have been urging the Trump administration to extend the October 5 deadline and holding legal clinics and donating money to help immigrants cover the $500 renewal fee. Republicans could also design another piece of legislation that focuses on DACA and includes legislative add-ons.

Those in the program would be allowed to apply for legal permanent residency after 10 years, and after 15 years be given the chance to apply for citizenship.

"Of those detained, 101 were our neighbors, family members, co-workers, and residents of Los Angeles", Salas said.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill face increasing pressure to fix the DACA program, with time running out and polls showing wide support for the policy. Critics call it an illegal amnesty program that is taking jobs from US citizens. This 15-year timeline, of course, is a best-case scenario, barring any bureaucratic slow-downs or unforeseen circumstances.

"We think it's a balanced resolution for a vexing problem that hasn't been solved for 30 years", he said. "In effect", the President said, "I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act". Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, stated in a press release: "I've said all along that we need a workable, permanent solution for the Dreamer population".

The new GOP proposal hasn't deterred congressional Democrats from pushing forward. It would be wrong for Republicans or Democrats in Congress to use the anguish being felt by immigrant youth and families today as an excuse to ram through a white supremacist laundry list of more deportation agents, more armed agents in border communities and more detention camps targeting our parents and our community.

The move - known as a discharge petition - permits any bill to be brought to the floor without being first approved by House leaders. Twenty-four House Republicans would have to cross their party's leadership and sign the petition.

It's an aggressive strategy that reflects the belief among many Democrats that the pressure on Republicans is so intense, that a discharge petition - or at least the plausible threat of one - would be effective in forcing their hand.

The Texas Dream Act drew inspiration from the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors act that was a bipartisan legislative effort in 2001 but has failed on numerous occasions over the past 16 years. Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

"It is an unconstitutional program, so that is constraining", Ms. Duke told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. "It's really heartbreaking to see so many people who have been in this country most of their lives who now have to wonder what could happen to them", said Gary Silbiger, a former Culver City mayor and an immigration lawyer. But voters were opposed 57-to-37 percent on including funds in the bill to build a wall along the U.S.

"We have members and anonymous donors who believe in this program so strongly, that we are helping those who have not yet renewed by offering to pay the required $495 fee, which for some is a harsh economic burden which has prevented them from renewing", Jones said. But as for the rest of us, I still have hope. However, current DACA recipients whose work permits expire anywhere from September to March 5th are eligible to renew.

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