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September 8, 2017

National Horror Show: end of DACA

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

From the NY Times:

With the news that roughly 800,000 people across the country would begin losing their protected status under DACA, which offered work permits and temporary reprieves from deportation to young undocumented immigrants, the program’s beneficiaries are now scrambling to prepare for the various ways the decision could upend their lives.

Living and working in the United States are the two privileges most often associated with DACA. But for many recipients, those are merely the first dominoes to fall if Congress does not pass a replacement. The shutdown of the program could reverberate far beyond those privileges and topple the many others that DACA protection can confer, from state-sponsored health coverage and financial aid to driver’s licenses and professional credentials. The loss of these things could, in turn, disrupt recipients’ abilities to go to school, support their families and keep a roof over their heads.

From Money:

Research from both the right-leaning Cato Institute and left-leaning Center for American Progress suggests Trump’s economic and immigration goals may be diametrically opposed. Their research indicates that ending DACA — and deporting the workers who will no longer enjoy legal status — could reduce the size of the U.S. economy by anywhere from $280 billion to $430 billion over the next decade.

From former President Barack Obama:

Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.

What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.



  1. I agree that many Dreamers should stay, although there is a significant issue with fraud in the applications, and all of us have seen trainloads of children streaming into the country in the last 3months of Obama’s administration. Bottom line: DACA was an illegal executive order. The companion legislation, DAPA, was held illegal by a trial court and this finding was upheld in a 4-4 decision by the Supreme Court. Now with a new conservative Justice added to the Court it is likely that DACA will be held illegal. Both parties have punted this down the road for 20 years because whatever they do their constituents will be upset. Politics requires compromise. Congress has 6months to act. Trump will sign new legislation helping Dreamers in exchange for a border wall.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — September 8, 2017 @ 6:47 am

    • Gee and I thought it was about the children brought here who, in DACA, are required to be responsible adults. Silly me. LOVE YOU DREAMERS.

      Comment by Retiredteacher — September 8, 2017 @ 7:28 am

  2. I **think** the POTUS has decided to push Congress to act by offering a 6-month deadline until the end of DACA. At least I am **hoping** that this decision was motivated by good intentions. Not that he is known for high-minded actions,but this could be the outlier…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 8, 2017 @ 7:43 am

  3. Re: that Obama quote posted above.”What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals”. Hogwash. What characterizes America is our complete inability to agree on a set of ideals. That is why, after Obama termed out, half the country voted for Trump. Because Obama and Trump have the same set of ideals?.

    Comment by vigi — September 8, 2017 @ 10:28 am

    • These are ideals that were enumerated:

      that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation.

      If we can’t agree that these are important, then our country really is quite broken.

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 8, 2017 @ 11:11 am

      • Nobody deserves anything… everybody has the chance.

        Comment by jack — September 8, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

    • How does Trump getting 63 million votes and the other candidates getting 73 million votes in a country of 326 million people add up to half of the votes?

      Comment by librarycat — September 8, 2017 @ 11:43 am

      • Adds up because Trump got the ones that count.

        Comment by jack — September 8, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

  4. This whole DACA mess presents America with a real conundrum. A child brought here at 4 or 5 years old committed no crime. Their parents may have committed a crime, but they have committed no crime.

    They have now spent almost their whole life here. They have no memory of the country in which they were born. They may or may not speak the language. They may or may not be able to read or write in the language that is used in the country where they were born.

    They can now be arrested, handcuffed, processed and thrown in a prison cell or other detention facility, despite never having committed any crime. They can be deported to a country they know nothing about, despite never having committed a crime.

    Often times, you can tell where people stand on immigration issues based on whether they describe immigrants as illegal or undocumented. These kids (or adults who came here as children) never did anything illegal, so it seems they really are being punished strictly because of their status and not as a result of anything they have done.

    These kids and adults are in a horrible position through no fault of their own. Anyone with a modicum of empathy would have to see that. Not addressing this issue would be more than a moral failure on the part of the US.

    Comment by JohnB — September 8, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    • I suggest all dreamers come to Alameda where empathy and saintimonity abounds.

      Comment by jack — September 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am

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