The trump administration has plans to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). State attorneys from the Democratic Party in states such as California, New York, and Washington plan to defend the immigrants affected by this act known as “dreamers”, and have spoken out about their plans to sue to defend the DACA policy. Powerful U.S. Immigrant groups also stand in opposition of ending DACA. It is argued that roughly 800,000 immigrants protections are at stake absent DACA.
Legal experts indicate that advocacy groups and lawyers fighting President Trump’s decision will likely have a tough time. It is hard to combat any legal executive action from a President, particularly when it is framed as a national security concern by the President.
Our Take: It may be necessary for congress to step in and offer some sort of immigration reform, as this could be more productive and faster than countless, small legal battles. This is easier said than done, as Obama-era immigration policy took years to compromise. Replacing those policies in an arguably more divisive, polarized congress and America is a daunting task.