While the Supreme Court delivered a temporary victory this week, the futures of American Dreamers remain at risk as Trump continues to push his anti-immigrant agenda. American Dreamers are a vital part of our country, and Congress needs to act now to find a permanent solution. Each day without legislation is another day American Dreamers are left to live in fear of being sent back to a country they do not know.
Support for DACA remains high and bipartisan, with 83% of Americans, and a majority of Republicans, saying the program should be continued.
CNN: “A broad majority, 83%, favor continuing the Obama-era program, while 12% say it should be ended. Those figures have held roughly steady in CNN polling back to mid-September. The program has support from 94% of Democrats, 83% of independents and 67% of Republicans.”
Protecting American Dreamers is vital part of our nation’s economy.
Vox: “Study: DACA increased immigrants’ education, labor force participation, and productivity”
Vox: “The DACA results suggest that the answer is yes, at least when there’s a clear upside. The program itself, in other words, was a smashing success in terms of bringing people out of the shadows and letting them contribute more to American society.”
Ending the DACA program would remove an estimated 40,000 workers from the labor force and cost our economy $2.7 billion in Rust Belt states alone.
QZ: “DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protects undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Ending it would remove an estimated 40,000 workers from the labor force in Rust Belt states. That includes places such as Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, which flipped to the Republican party during the 2016 presidential election. The cost of shedding those workers would be up to $2.7 billion in lost economic activity and taxes, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think-tank based in Washington D.C. Not all immigrants with DACA protections work—some are students or are underage—but the bulk of them do.”
While Monday’s Supreme Court decision was an important victory, a permanent fix is needed to protect American Dreamers as the Trump administration continues to fight in the courts to end DACA.
CNN: “The White House said it was disappointed in the ruling.”
NBC News: “After the Supreme Court's decision Monday, the White House said, ‘The DACA program — which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse — is clearly unlawful. The district judge's decision to unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority...We look forward to having this case expeditiously heard by the appeals court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court, where we fully expect to prevail.’"
Most Americans blame Trump and Congressional Republicans for having stood in the way of enacting protections for American Dreamers.
CNN: “The poll, conducted before the Supreme Court declined Monday to immediately consider a case on the program, found that those who back continuing the program hold President Donald Trump (33%) and the Republicans in Congress (31%) responsible for it not yet having been extended more than they do the Democrats in Congress (17%).”
Editorial boards across the country agree: American Dreamers deserve certainty they will be protected from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
OC Register Editorial: “Even with the March 5 deadline removed, Congress should not continue kicking a DACA fix down the road. A permanent, legislative solution is what’s needed, not more politicking and more litigation.”
Mass Live Editorial: “The Trump administration had asked the Supreme Court to intercede before the matter had fully played out in the lower courts, a move the high court rarely makes. As such, what happened on Monday shouldn't be seen as anything more than the briefest of respite for the dreamers.”
North Jersey Editorial: “Let us remember that these so-called ‘Dreamers’ are people, and deserve to be treated as such. They certainly shouldn’t be used as bargaining chips in a larger debate on immigration. The great majority of DACA recipients have lived in the United States almost all their lives. Their friends are Americans, their classmates are Americans, their colleagues are Americans. In all ways that matter, America is their home.”
Sacramento Bee Editorial: “California’s Dreamers are safe for now, but Trump’s war on immigrants continues”