As President Trump decides to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enacted by President Obama, members of Congress are gearing up for what could be a contentious fight over continuing protection for young undocumented immigrants. Both Democrats and some Republicans are indicating they’re willing to work on a plan to offer permanent legal status to young immigrants who have been in the country illegally. The president plans to phase out the DACA program over six months, giving Congress time to find a final solution. Details on the forthcoming political battle are available at The Washington Post.
If Congress repeals Obamacare without a replacement, leaving millions without healthcare, some expect a rise in the number of bankruptcies. The number of uninsured is predicted to rise between 10 and 30 million people, depending on whether repeal or repeal and replace passes. For those struggling with medical bills already, losing insurance coverage would drive more people into bankruptcy, experts believe. Read more about the dilemma at The Atlantic.
While two Republican lawmakers work on a bill to strengthen immigration laws, including measures to punish sanctuary cities, critics of the bill say it isn’t tough enough. Hard-line anti-immigration groups who have seen drafts of the legislation say it falls short by failing to provide for Trump’s long-promised border wall, sanctions against businesses that hire illegal immigrants, or E-Verify, the employment-verification system that has been a staple of previous immigration talks on Capitol Hill. Details are in this story from the Washington Post.