The Supreme Court recently announced that they would address the issue of DACA, also called the Dreamers program, before the next national election. The fate of these young people – almost a million young adults – has been in the balance for over seven years. The Supreme Court decision will put an end to the issue one way or another.
“Dreamers” is the moniker given to the illegal residents who were brought into the US illegally as minors, and that continued to live here. The name was chosen by the progressive media and former Obama Administration. Now that they are adults, they are protected from deportation, but do not have a clear path to legal residency. The Supreme Court decision will impact this group and determine if they can find a clear path to citizenship.
DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created by then-President Barack Obama in 2012. This program was not approved by Congress, but rather an executive order from the president himself. Current President Trump has made an effort to halt the program, citing the “end run around Congress,” but legal issues and lower courts have stalled any action.
Both Republicans and Democrats are focused on the DACA issue; both sides have expressed empathy for these young adults. This particular group was brought to this country illegally by parents, not by their own choice, and many were raised here from a very early age. Despite the sympathy expressed by both parties, there is no current path to a deal between them that addresses the Dreamers.
The issue has been heavily debated for the past seven years. The Supreme Court review would be a step in the right direction for resolving the ongoing issue. Last month, the House passed a bill that would create a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, but the Senate has refused to approve the law because it rewards those who are breaking the law.
Currently, advocacy groups are urging Dreamers to continue to renew their DACA credentials and protections. These must be renewed every two years, at least until the program is either ended or a full path to citizenship is created. In the past week alone, over 370,000 DACA renewals have been requested.
President Donald Trump has expressed sympathy for the Dreamers, and has twice delayed the end of the program, going against some in his own party to do so. The most recent attempt to close the program includes a six month delay on enforcement and the end of the program; this time was included so that Congress could reach a resolution and agreement on the right way to handle these young adults.
The attempt to come to an agreement failed, and the DACA program was terminated; it immediately went to court as cases were filed and has since risen to the Supreme Court. The case has been languishing and waiting to be heard; the announcement that the DACA case has been added to the court roster means it should resolve in the next year. The placement of this case on the court’s schedule means that arguments will be heard just before the next election cycle and will have an impact on voters.