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How likely is the US Congress to pass a substitute for DACA to protect DREAMers?

September 5, 2017

By Ana Campoy : quartz – excerpt (includes a chart)

Republicans in the US Congress have for years procrastinated on determining the fate of some 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children.

Now president Donald Trump has given them six months to come up with a substitute for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an Obama-era program that allowed those immigrants to temporarily stay and work in the US. These immigrants are known as “DREAMers,” named for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) act that was introduced in the Senate in 2001 and has been stuck ever since.

The pressure is greater than ever. Trump, who promised to end DACA as a candidate and later danced around the issue as president, has channeled Americans’ attention to the program. Now everyone seemingly has an opinion on it (including environmental group Environmental Defense Fund, which in a statement admitted immigration is not its expertise, but nevertheless condemned Trump’s end to DACA.)

Will the spotlight make it easier, or more difficult, for lawmakers to reach an agreement to protect DREAMers?…(more)

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