… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Well this was an interesting turn of events. In some circles it would have been thought that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee might have tipped the scales in his favor.
I am still confused as to how President Obama can create the DACA exemption, and then another president cannot end it, but it seems Congress will decide.
I view the issue simply. No illegal immigration allowed, period. Why? Because it makes chumps out of all those wanting to come here legally. Mexico does not have a DACA program for illegals going there from Central America.
When I lived in Barbados many years ago the authorities had a very simple method for dealing with illegals, mainly people who were working. The police just knocked on your door one evening around dinner time and told you to be ready to go to the airport in the morning where they would put on a plane with at ticket you had purchased.
There was no “catch and release”, no appeals, no free attorney. Whatever work they were doing was now an open slot for a Bajan to fill. There was no uproar for treating people horribly, just a little notice in the local paper.
The only scary time I had there was waking up one morning to find the police out in front of the house on the beach where a small drug boat had beached. Such a thing is not considered a great way to start your day there. It turned out to have broken down and washed ashore.
But those were dreamy days, living on the beach in a 3/2 house for only $500 a month split three ways. I will never be able to do that again, and glad I seized the moment.
Frankly I would be happy to see some of the DACA kids gone and their places taken by orphaned Syrian refugee kids of parents who had been murdered in the US sponsored terror war. But they never listen to me, which is why I am at VT 🙂 … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … February 26, 2018 –
The US Supreme Court has refused to allow the Trump administration to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving their ultimate fate in the hands of Congress via legal procedures.
The highest court of the country refused to hear the Trump administration’s challenge to a lower court ruling temporarily blocking it from winding down the DACA program that protects young immigrants from deportation.
The Supreme Court basically upheld an earlier decision by a federal judge to force a temporary nationwide halt on the move by President Donald Trump’s administration. The judge had issued the ruling to allow courts to consider legal challenges to the measure against the dreamers.
The decision was made just a week before a March 5 deadline set by Trump for Congress to enact legislation to replace the program established by former President Barrack Obama. It allows immigrants who entered the country illegally as children to work and go to school in the United States.
A White House spokesman said in a statement after the court’s decision that the “clearly unlawful” DACA program benefits “illegal immigrants en masse.”
The Supreme Court’s order and the previous judicial rulings keep the Trump administration from ending the program on March 5, but around 100 DACA recipients have been losing their work permits and deportation deferrals every day, the Time reported.
The dispute over DACA dates back to 2012, when Obama founded the program without congressional action. The goal was to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children, but many Republicans called it executive overreach and have remained opposed to the program.
Trump vowed to end the program on the campaign trail, but seemed to change his mind after winning election. He went back and forth over the future of DACA during his first months in office, but made his decision in September, when he announced that the program would end, but not until March 5, giving Congress six months to find a solution.
Today’s ruling basically throws the fate of the DACA program back into Congress’ hands.
What is DACA?
DACA is an executive action taken by Obama that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the US under the age of 16 to apply for protection from deportation. After a background check, those individuals were able to get renewable two-year permits to work and study in the US, as well.
Since it went into effect in 2012, roughly 800,000 people were protected by the program, and roughly 700,000 had active DACA protections in September, when the Trump administration announced its end.
To be eligible, applicants had to have arrived in the US before age 16 and have lived there since June 15, 2007. They could not have been older than 30 when the Department of Homeland Security enacted the policy in 2012.