When President Donald Trump announced he would revoke the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order on March 5, Congress was given a six-month window to finally codify the program shielding approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from being deported. However, the Supreme Court’s recent decision to not entertain the legal challenges to the DACA program until they made their way through lower courts essentially lifted any pressure either Democrats or Republicans were facing to make a deal on immigration.
Despite the incredible need for legislation on DACA, there are also very understandable reasons that Congress has moved on to other discussions. After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, Congress came back from a break determined to focus the national conversation on gun control.
Activists are trying not to let the momentum subside, as they plan a rally for Sunday in Washington, D.C., Sunday being the day President Trump originally stated DACA would no longer be in effect.
VERDICT: Obviously, it is impossible to plan for tragedies such as the shooting in Parkland. DACA activists are doing what they can to keep the topic in the public discussion given the circumstances. Unfortunately, most of the work accomplished in Congress is under the pressure of an imminent deadline, so until the courts act and force action from Congress, it is unlikely much will be done.