Undocumented students join a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. President Donald Trump says he’ll be announcing a decision on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children in the coming days, immigrants he’s calling “terrific” and says he loves. Trump told reporters Friday, using a short-hand term for the nearly 800,000 young people who were given a reprieve from deportation and temporary work permits under the Obama-era DACA, program. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Given that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative will soon expire without congressional intervention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reportedly filing claims with courts to start the deportation process for several individuals within the program.
From the Chicago Tribune’s Media Wire:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun asking immigration courts to deport some young adult immigrants who have remained in the U.S. under a program known as DACA.
According to illegal immigrant rights advocate Jose Munoz, the “targeting” has begun:
“DACA recipients, while they’re supposed to be protected, we’re seeing they are actually being targeted in some cases.”
Purportedly, in three different states — in spite of DACA — Dreamers are receiving deportation notifications.
More from Media Wire:
This is all happening as the Supreme Court is considering the fate of the DACA program.
Some DACA opponents applaud the fact that ICE is going after Dreamers. They believe it means the Trump administration expects a favorable ruling from the high court.
Heritage Foundations’ James Carafano is one such person:
“I think they think they’re going to win. And I think what they’re doing now is prepping.”
It’ll be a clean sweep back:
“If DACA is wiped away, then everything is back on the table, and all the cases are really up for review.”
As a reminder, DACA includes anyone who arrived in the U.S. before they were 16 after June 15th, 2007, who weren’t older than 30 at the start of the program in 2012.
Jose considers deportation of any of those individuals an “attack”:
“What we need now is for leaders to be listening to what’s happening,” he said. “And to take a stand against the attacks that this administration is levying.”
People are afraid:
“There’s some fear, there’s anxiety. Obviously there’s a lot of unknown.”
As per CNN, Missouri, Nevada, and Arizona are seeing cases open, and not just for those with heavy criminal records:
ICE has begun asking immigration courts to reopen administratively closed deportation cases against DACA recipients who continue to have no criminal record, or only a minor record. Immigration attorneys in Arizona confirmed at least 14 such cases being reopened since October, and CNN also found DACA recipients whose cases recently were reopened in Nevada and Missouri.
As stated by the ADL in an October-updated article, since the beginning of DACA, 787,580 applicants have been approved.
The issue’s heating up, and it’s sure to be one more point of contention as we head toward November.
Will it benefit the Dems or galvanize those against illegal immigration?
There’s still plenty of time for political table-turning — though we may see none of it, if Democrats are unable to pull themselves away from impeachment.
After all, as some have claimed, they can do it more than once.
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