Attorney General Jeff Session’s announcement that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came as no real surprise. This is what Donald Trump promised to do if elected president. But let’s be honest. The DACA program was always a stopgap measure instituted by President Obama because of Congress’s failure to fix our broken immigration system. For years, Congress batted around the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have provided immigrants who came as children a path to citizenship.
When President Obama introduced the idea of DACA, I welcomed the action but noted
that it was not a panacea, just another form of legal limbo. As I wrote in my book
The Latino Threat: “As a temporary stopgap measure, this new policy does not provide
permanent relief from deportation (and those who come forward will be giving the government
information on their whereabouts).” I also noted that a new president, one hostile
to immigration, could end DACA. This has now happened. Despite assurances that the
information collected from DACA applicants will not be shared with ICE for deportation
purposes, there is still the risk that such easily available information will be used
against DACA recipients. Supposedly confidential data has been used in the past, such
as when Japanese Americans were rounded up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Read on, courtesy of Stanford University Press blog.