Dealing a disheartening blow to the approximate 800,000 Dreamers, U.S. Senate Democrats accepted the bill to restore funds to keep the government running for three more weeks with simply a promise that the Republicans would debate DACA with no assurance on reinstating the program.
Jovan Rodriguez, 27, who came to the U.S. with his parents from Mexico stated, “It’s irresponsible of everyone in Congress not to pass something. I‘m really disappointed.”
In his capacity as president, Donald Trump ordered a March, 2017 end to protections for Dreamers, who came to this country as children with their non-citizen parents. Dreamers have matured and socialized culturally as Americans, with the United States being the only country they’ve ever known.
A court has put a temporary stay on President Trump’s order while Dreamers await actions from Congress to make DACA law.
The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was established during the Obama administration as an executive order placed into effect by former president, Barack Obama. Under DACA, qualified childhood arrivals (named Dreamers) were allowed to live openly in the U.S., shielded from deportation.
The leader of the Senate Democrats, New York Senator Chuck Schumer (pictured above), expects Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to honor his promise to an open debate on DACA. “If he does not honor our agreement,” stated Schumer, “he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic Senators but the members of his own party as well.”
A political breach in trust is one thing. The Dreamers‘ tenuous existence with possible deportation to countries they have never known is quite another.
Another chilling fact is that any protective legislation for Dreamers needs to make it through both the Senate and the more conservative House, making it crucial that progressive Democrats win back congressional seats to ensure passage of DACA legislation.
Activist intend to stress the DACA issue at the midterm election ballot box.
If interested in this issue, contact your representatives urging passage of DACA into law.
See more on DACA being dropped as an issue to fund the national government at REUTERS: ‘Dreamers’ disappointed that Congress deferred DACA deal, the source of this information.