This week has been a big week for immigration news. From mounting tensions within the Republican party regarding Trump’s decision to repeal DACA, to prevalent public outcry against this decision, the news this week confirms that DACA has been the focal point of recent political debates.
Last week, President Trump pronounced a statement to end DACA, also known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was an executive action implemented by the Obama Administration that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. In the statement, the Trump Administration noted that they plan on granting renewing permits to anyone whose status expires in the next six months.
This decision has triggered controversy on both local and national levels. State attorneys from the Democratic Party in states such as California and Washington vouched to sue to defend DACA. The decision to repeal DACA has also caused divides not just between Democrats and Republicans, but also within the Republican party. In fact, reforming DACA will necessitate bipartisan support and much compromising on both sides, so it remains unclear how DACA reforms will materialize.