The Federal Government Missed The March 5 DACA Deadline ... Now What?

Rewarding bad behavior is the worst approach to illegal immigration

Greg Nash

President Trump and the White House are not interested in solving this problem-they have so far tried to use Dreamers as bargaining chips to push forward their anti-immigrant agenda.

"We are here to make sure they don't forget about us". Because even though the Supreme Court bought them some time, that reprieve may be short-lived.

Trump announced previous year plans to rescind the Obama-era program, which temporarily shielded certain young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children from deportation, but provided Congress with a six-month window to craft a legislative fix.

While numerous protests are focusing on Republican leaders in Congress and White House officials who have stalled efforts to pass a DACA solution, some protesters targeted Democrats as well for not pushing the issue hard enough.

However, White House officials have said deporting Dreamers will not be a priority. "We are anxious and we are scared of being torn away from (our) homes and our community". The president gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a legislative solution addressing the immigration status of these "dreamers".

Republicans lead both chambers of Congress and have been unable to pass any DACA-related bill.

A federal judge in NY issued an injunction in February that blocked the administration's attempt to dismantle the policy. On Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the administration's unusual request to intervene, which would have leapfrogged the appeals court. The earliest the Supreme Court could accept that case would be in October, pushing a final ruling possibly into 2019.

They are campaigning against the March 5th deadline but some said the deadline may not hold much weight because two separate district courts are requiring that DACA permits be renewed - indefinitely.

However, the United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, William Alsup said this proposal violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). That created a massive backlog of renewal applications, which can take three to five months for the agency to process. Those whose permits expired by March 5 had one month to apply for renewal. Here is where DACA stands on the day it was set to expire: WHAT IS DACA?

"They have claimed to want to fix DACA". Deportation arrests have surged more than 40 percent under Trump.

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