President Trump has passed the buck to Congress on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or ‘dreamers’ program. Trump ordered a phase-out of the program over six months to give Congress time to find a solution. In this edition of “Can He Do That?” at The Washington Post, Allison Michaels and White House reporter David Nakamura talk to John Sandweg, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director, as well as a ‘dreamer’ in the DACA program. Listen to the podcast here.
What will “Dreamers” do now that the Trump administration has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enacted by his predecessor? Nearly 800,000 people will be affected by Trump’s decision. The Washington Post produced this video that examines the fallout from the end of the DACA.
It’s important to remember that President Donald Trump isn’t just a real estate developer; he was also the star of a reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” And it appears that the president is using some of the same tricks that can raise ratings on Dreamers, the 800,000 young immigrants who would be affected by his plan to phase out the DACA program over six months. The Dreamers are being left to twist in the wind while Trump waffles on what he’s going to do about the immigration program. Dean Obeidallah examines the consequences of playing political football with the lives of young immigrants in this commentary at CNN.
How do President Trump’s immigration policies affect the US economy? Trump wants the nation’s economy to grow four percent annually, while his budget assumes three percent growth. The Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve assume a more modest two percent growth. Will limiting immigration work against the administration’s goal? According to an analysis by ProPublica, it will. Read more about ProPublica’s analysis here.
A federal judge in Hawaii ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration’s narrow definition of “close family” should be expanded to include grandparents and other family members. US District Judge Derrick K. Watson also ruled that refugees who had assurances from resettlement agencies could also be exempt from the ban. More on the ruling is available at the Washington Post.
Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to stop federal funding to towns and cities who don’t help the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) round up undocumented immigrants. In response, many mayors of these “sanctuary cities” across the nation vowed to continue or increase assistance to immigrants while refusing to cooperate with ICE agents. The Marshall Project takes a look at how some of these municipalities are taking up the fight on behalf of immigrants in this story.
The human rights organization Human Rights First is calling upon members of Congress to reject President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, saying that it unfairly targets refugees and asylum seekers. “President Trump’s budget proposals send a dangerous message that refugees are not welcome in the United States and will not be supported,” said Human Rights First’s Jennifer Quigley. Read more about the organization’s efforts at its website.
In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division has arrested more than 41,000 individuals either known or suspected of being in the US illegally. That’s up nearly 40% over the Obama administration. Details are available at the ICE website.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments for and against President Trump’s travel ban. Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton are hearing the case. Who are the judges and lawyers involved? The Associated Press has a breakdown here.