Even Trump supporters like deal on DACA
Since its inception as a temporary executive order by US President Barack Obama, the DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought into the US as children to avoid deportation, has enjoyed broad bipartisan support.
However, the Trump administration announced that the program would be discontinued during March 2018, which puts nearly 800,000 US residents in danger of deportation. This decision has been extensively criticized and, while even President Trump has suggested that he is willing to compromise with Democrats to create a permanent program to protect DREAMers, his recent extensive list of hard-line immigration policies are unlikely to be approved by Democratic lawmakers.
The public, regardless of party or candidate affiliation, is overwhelmingly on the side of the DREAMers. Recent polling indicates that a program to protect DREAMers has support from 84 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents, 69 percent of Republicans and even approximately 66% of self-identified “Trump supporters.”
With this support, some kind of permanent DACA legislation seems likely to pass, however, that it has not only underscores the tenuous grasp of citizenship in Donald Trump’s America.
For more information on US immigration law, pick up the second edition of Immigration For Everyone, now revised for the Trump era. The author of the book, Attorney Gehi, is available for consultation.