Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Metro legal group provides clinics for DACA recipients

Trump in Sioux City Steve King blasts Trump on immigration in series of tweets
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 09:41

Immediately." That was Donald Trump speaking on the day he launched his presidential campaign: "June 16, 2015.

"No one would be harmed by extending the deadline, certainly not the 800,000 who are sweating that someone will knock on their door and send them to a country they don't even know with a language they don't even speak", the judge said. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján echoed Grisham's statement by declaring he will oppose any attempts by the Trump administration to "rip these young people away from the country in which they have grown up and that they love and respect".

Trump said this week that he was working with Democrats on a bill to protect DACA recipients, while also adding "massive border security". And the wall? "If we don't have the wall", he said, "we are doing nothing". [Democrats] and the president agreed to work toward a deal and discussed the outline of a deal.

The complaint describes how Silicon Valley companies like Apple, Cisco, Adobe, Facebook, and Google, among others, hired DACA recipients to meet the need for skilled workers and claims those companies would be negatively impacted if the program is rescinded.

Even before that, immigration advocates were cautious about the prospects.

Ever the preeminent constitutional law professor, President Obama emphasized to us all that DACA was only a temporary fix to a longstanding problem.

Homeland Security will do the same for current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire before March 18, 2018, and who "have been accepted by the department as of October 5, 2017".

According to a memo issued on September 5 by the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, no new applications for DACA benefits will be considered after September 5.

But those who haven't yet applied for DACA would be left out in the cold without action in Congress. Most are now in their 20s and attend colleges and have jobs.

Attorney General Rosenblum - along with attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia, Vermont, and the District of Columbia - was right to sue.

The clearest path forward is to pass the Dream Act, which I co-sponsor. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and introduced earlier this year. It applied to aliens who illegally entered the USA before the age of 16, were under the age of 31, had "continuously" resided in the US since June 15, 2007, and were in school, graduated, or honorably discharged from the military.

It would also place "responsible limits" on permanent residency for refugees and prioritize immigration for those who are "best positioned to succeed in the United States".

Maria lived unlawfully in the United States from the age of 10.

Grassley says there aren't 60 votes for DREAM Act.

When it comes to immigration reform, Congress has the responsibility to remember all immigrants. But he said it's too hard to discern at this point whether the House or the Senate will be the tougher nut to crack when it comes to getting legislation passed. And a week later, he says he wants to make a deal to allow the DREAMers to stay in this country.

The confusion continued 30,000 feet, as White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told reporters aboard Air Force One that while "the Trump administration will not be discussing amnesty" the President could be open to an immigration deal that "could include legal citizenship over a period of time".

Obama said he was against that sort of thing before he was for it.

CASTRO: (Laughter) Well, we've got about a year to make that decision.

She is impressed that Catholic university presidents and the US bishops have been vocal in their support of DACA. But it's a mistake, he argued, to tie their legal protections to achieving certain levels of education because "how far along in education they are should be irrelevant". And I know a lot of other Democrats - and I'm sure some Republicans - are concerned that the president may want to leverage DACA relief to build a wall.