Republicans have criticized DACA ever since it was created during the Obama administration.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was founded on the notion that children of illegal immigrants should be permitted to remain in the nation.
DACA protects illegal immigrants who entered the United States as youngsters from deportation and provides them with work permits.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, as of December 2021, 611,470 migrants were covered by the scheme.
Obviously, the program encouraged a large number of illegal immigrants to bring their children to the United States, knowing that the youngsters would be protected by the program.
Fans of the program argue that children should not be held responsible for the misdeeds of their parents.
Since the DACA program was implemented years ago, these youngsters have grown up and are now protected while working and getting government benefits in the United States.
Todd Schute and other supporters of the DACA scheme fear that it may soon come to an abrupt end. Schute is the president and executive director of FWD.us, a pro-progressive immigration policies campaign group.
However, not all immigration specialists favor DACA.
In a 2020 essay, Lora Ries, director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at the Heritage Foundation, outlined the other viewpoint.
Ries said that while immigrants undoubtedly profit from the program, “those gains often come at the expense of U.S. workers and taxpayers.”
“[W]hat amnesty advocates … omit is the fact that illegal immigrants do take jobs away from Americans and that wages are depressed in some industries because illegal immigrants will charge less for their labor,” Ries said.
“Studies have also shown that the taxes paid by illegal immigrants are far less than their costs to U.S. taxpayers. These costs include: direct benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation; means-tested welfare benefits; K-12 public education ($14,439 per student); and population-based services such as police, fire, highways, parks, etc.”
“While those with deferred action and work authorization may benefit financially from their illegal entry into this country, U.S. citizens who must compete against them for jobs and taxpayers who must fund their government benefits do not.”
President Trump terminated DACA in 2017, but the Supreme Court ruled in June 2020 that while the Trump administration had the authority to terminate DACA, it did not follow the required processes, especially “since DACA recipients has reliable interests,” according to Forbes.
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In July, 2021 a Texas court ruled that the program was unlawful but issued a partial stay. The Biden administration appealed the ruling, and The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on July 6, 2022.
In defiance of these proceedings, on August 24, 2022 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the Department has issued a final rule that will preserve and fortify the DACA policy for certain eligible noncitizens who arrived in the United States as children, deferring their removal and allowing them an opportunity to access a renewable, two year work permit. CONTINUE READING…