The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has granted reprieves to many undocumented immigrants. The Trump Administration could end the program.
By Francisco Goldman, The New Yorker
November 19, 2016
In November, 2014, when news stories about Donald Trump, if he was in the news at all, made him seem nothing more than a buffoon, President Obama issued a series of executive actions on immigration. One of them expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or daca, which allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. as children—often referred to as “Dreamers”—to apply for work permits and temporary protection against deportation. dapa, another new program, offered the same assurances to undocumented immigrant parents whose children were U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Some five million immigrants might have benefitted, but the programs were put on hold in May, 2015, by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld an injunction issued by a judge in Texas. After the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, organizations and immigrants remained in a state of suspense.
For the New York Immigration Coalition, prepping immigrants to apply for daca or dapa was a priority, both before and after the injunction. One afternoon in the spring of 2015, while the Supreme Court was still undecided as to the fate of the executive orders, I dropped by Junior High School 162, in Bushwick, where Betsy Plum, the director of special projects at the Immigration Coalition, and some of her young colleagues, along with other immigration attorneys, activists, and representatives from foreign consulates, had organized a day of outreach to the local immigrant community. That morning, Plum told me, the line had stretched down the sidewalk.[...]
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