What to Expect From the Daca Announcement on Tuesday
The DOJ might have had some insight as to what the Trump administration was thinking or at least with what Jeff Sessions was thinking with regards to the upcoming DACA announcement on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. Sessions said that he really liked how the states were sticking up to the federal government and holding them accountable over DACA. If Jeff Sessions had his way, the law would be over. However, the situation is more a bit oblique than that, and, Trump has recently said that he would make the decision with heart.
That decision came raveling down on short notice Sunday.
Jeff Sessions really hates illegal immigration. While the law may be on Trump’s side, as the NY Magazine’s websites states, the effect of a natural disaster such as a hurricane may have a profound way of impacting Trump’s thinking — much like it impacted Bush’s in 2004 when he suspended immigration laws at the time. Trump’s views may soften also.
If past views are any indicator of how future views will be enacted, Jeff Sessions has made his opinion already known. Texas Attorney General John Paxton joined with 9 other attorneys on July 1st, 2017 threatened to sue the Trump administration over DACA if action wasn’t taken by September 5th, 2017.
“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” Paxton wrote in the ultimatum. “Otherwise, the complaint in that case will be amended to challenge both the DACA program and the remaining Expanded DACA permits.
“The DAPA law has already been withdrawn,” Sessions said when asked what changes could be coming. “That was a big victory, and we’ll be looking at that. But I’ve got to tell you, I like it that our states and localities are holding the federal government to account, expecting us to do what is our responsibility to the state and locals, and that’s to enforce the law.”
States try to force Trump’s hand on DACA
According to CNN money, 2012, former President Barack Obama created a program that would let 800,000 children of illegal immigrants stay within the U.S. if they were in school, they had a high-school diploma or were a military veteran. Proponents of the law suggest that if the DACA program is let go — 800,000 people would be let go from the work-force and the economy would lose half a trillion dollars from its GDP ‘Dreamers’ anxious as Trump DACA decision looms.
The DACA program doesn’t give people full-immigration status, it just gives them a 2 year work-VISA with the hope that they can live out their lives if they’re given a chance. Emmanual Diaz, 22 years old studying at Armstrong State University is worried deeply about what will happen,
“Are you going to hunt us down, one by one?”
Lezia Dallha — a communications associate at FWD.us — a communications associate at an immigration reform group started by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders said “You never know if today is the day. It is emotionally draining to never really know and have a perpetual state of fear,” says Dhalla.
She stated that recent comments by Trump saying that he had a heart and he wanted to implement his decision the right way were hopeful, but, she can’t be sure.
Trump is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday over the DACA program. He’s made announcements about pardoning Joe Arpaio late at night as well as the military transgender ban.
What will he say as his reasoning behind abandoning the program? Will he say that decision came with heart? Will he want to help the dreamer and use prosecutorial discretion as Sam Bernsen, a former counsel for the defunct naturalization and immigration service once said in his 1975 memo for allowing exceptions based on humanitarian purposes? Going from a strictly legal standpoint — Trump’s view of immigration and Jeff Session’s view is the legally correct one, however, it is not practical to simply deport everyone in sight, and, there have been lines drawn as a result of this.
The President is the leader of the executive branch and they may have discretion with how certain laws with regards to the executive branch which are carried out are functioned. One administration may have one view on immigration and another administration may have a different view — it remains to be seen what Trump’s actual stance is on the DACA Dreamers.