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No news on DACA, despite promising developments

No news on DACA, despite promising developments

Although under heavy pressure and a rapidly approaching deadline, Washington lawmakers have yet to reach a deal on DACA, a program protecting individuals brought into the US undocumented as children, despite its broad popularity.

Earlier this week, a California federal judge ruled that the federal government must continue to receive DACA applications, a move applauded by immigration advocates and increasing the pressure on Congress to enact permanent legislation as soon as possible. This is certainly a move in the right direction, but only applies to people who are already receiving DACA and does not allow for new applications, which leaves those who’ve yet to become DREAMers vulnerable.

Despite the widespread admiration for DREAMers and mounting pressure to give them a way to become legal citizens, even among some Republicans, enacting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into permanent legislation is having a roadblock, or perhaps a wall, in the stubborn US President.

For more information on US immigration law, pick up the second edition of Immigration For Everyone, now revised for the Trump era; available in softcover and ebook editions. The author of the book, Attorney Gehi, is available for consultation.

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