Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?
|Friday, Mar. 27, 2020 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an Obama administration policy implemented on June 15, 2012. DACA prevents the deportation of some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and allows those immigrants to get work permits. The undocumented immigrants who participate in the program are referred to as Dreamers, a reference to the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) that was first introduced in the Senate on Aug. 1, 2001 by Orrin Hatch (R-UT) but did not pass.
President Trump rescinded DACA on Sep. 5, 2017, saying the program "helped spur a humanitarian crisis," but federal court rulings blocked plans to end the program. After initially declining to hear an appeal from the Trump Administration, the Supreme Court heard arguments in three DACA cases on Nov. 12, 2019 and was expected to make a ruling by summer 2020.
On Mar. 27, 2020, lawyers for plaintiffs seeking to continue DACA submitted a brief to the US Supreme Court stating that "Termination of DACA during this national emergency would be catastrophic.” Their reasoning was that DACA recipients working in healthcare were essential to fighting COVID-19 (coronavirus) and that halting immigration enforcement would enable all Dreamers to comply with public health measures urging people to stay at home to slow the transmission of the virus.
Proponents of DACA and the Dream Act say the policies are good for the US economy and that deporting Dreamers is inhumane and cruel. Opponents of DACA and the Dream Act say the polices only encourage more illegal immigration and that amnesty should not be given to law breakers.
Are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM Act Good for America?
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