DACA has been under fire from Republicans since it was implemented during the Obama Administration.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was initiated under the premise that children of illegals entering the country should be allowed to stay.
DACA protects illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children — so-called Dreamers — from deportation and allows them access to work permits.
As of December 2021, 611,470 migrants were protected under the program, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
Needless to say, the program encouraged multitudes of illegals to bring their children to the U.S. knowing the children would be protected under the program.
Fans of the program say that children should not be held accountable for their parent’s actions.
Meanwhile, since the DACA program was initiated some years ago, those children have grown up and are now protected working in jobs in the U.S. and receiving government services.
Proponents of the DACA policy, including Todd Schute, fear it will soon come to an abrupt end. Schute serves as president and executive director of FWD.us, an activist organization in favor of progressive immigration policies.
Not all immigration experts are supportive of DACA, however.
Lora Ries, director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at the Heritage Foundation, explained the other side in a 2020 article.
Ries argued that while immigrants most definitely benefit under the program, “those gains often come at the expense of U.S. workers and taxpayers.”
“[W]hat amnesty advocates … omit is the fact that illegal immigrants do take jobs away from Americans and that wages are depressed in some industries because illegal immigrants will charge less for their labor,” Ries wrote.
“Studies have also shown that the taxes paid by illegal immigrants are far less than their costs to U.S. taxpayers. These costs include: direct benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation; means-tested welfare benefits; K-12 public education ($14,439 per student); and population-based services such as police, fire, highways, parks, etc.”
“While those with deferred action and work authorization may benefit financially from their illegal entry into this country, U.S. citizens who must compete against them for jobs and taxpayers who must fund their government benefits do not.”
In 2017 President Trump ended DACA, but in June 2020 the Supreme Court concluded that although the Trump administration had the right to end DACA, it did not follow proper procedures, especially “since DACA recipients has reliable interests,” according to Forbes.
In July, 2021 a Texas court ruled that the program was unlawful but issued a partial stay. The Biden administration appealed the ruling, and The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on July 6, 2022.
In defiance of these proceedings, on August 24, 2022 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the Department has issued a final rule that will preserve and fortify the DACA policy for certain eligible noncitizens who arrived in the United States as children, deferring their removal and allowing them an opportunity to access a renewable, two year work permit.
While not a law, the policy allows those who entered illegally to keep staying and working in the U.S. without requirement of applying for and going through the process to obtain U.S. citizenship.
Now there is legislation coming down to end the DACA era and a decision from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the future of the Obama-era program is imminent.
The final ruling is scheduled to take effect on October 31, 2022.
The Fifth Circuit is expected to end the program, and the Supreme Court has indicated it would affirm such a ruling, according to NBC News.
Proponents of keeping illegals here, rather than deporting, them are not in favor of ending the program.
“DACA has been threatened in the past, but the current case ahead of the 5th Circuit Court is the most severe threat to date,” Schute told NBC News.
“If Congress does not pass legislation this year, it is likely that nearly 700,000 DACA recipients will be at risk of being forced out of their jobs and subjected to the threat of deportation,” he said.
“If the 5th Circuit rules against DACA, 1,000 existing DACA recipients will be at risk of losing their legal ability to work every single business day for the next 24 months,” Schute said, citing the legal rights of illegals.
Anticipating the court’s decision, President Joe Biden is now preparing to quickly sign an executive order that will countermand the ruling, Western Journal reports.
The executive order would protect 600,000 illegal immigrants from deportation, NBC News reported Thursday, citing “people close to the White House.”
Sources close to the White House told the outlet that the administration’s plan would temporarily shield migrants who are protected under DACA.
Under the order, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would be directed to “deprioritize deporting DACA recipients and refrain from deporting them if they aren’t deemed threats to public safety or national security,” NBC News reported.
This would dilute the ruling for the illegals already here in the United States.