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Judge Rules To Reinstate DACA While Lawmakers Negotiate On Camera

by Countable | 1.10.18

What’s the story?

The debate over the fate of so-called Dreamers, those immigrants brought to the U.S. as children previously protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, took a new turn when a federal judge in San Francisco ruled late Tuesday that the program must be reinstated while court battles over its repeal wind their way through the courts.

The New York Times reports that the injunction states that participants in the program must be allowed to renew their protected status, though the federal government is not required to admit any new participants who had not previously applied for DACA status.

The administration is expected to appeal the injunction.

The injunction came late on the same day that a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the president gathered at the White House for a rare, on-camera meeting seeking to find a way forward on a permanent legislative answer for the Dreamers.

On Wednesday morning, White House Legislative Director Marc Short spoke with NPR’s Morning Edition about the judge’s decision, asserting that it did not remove the necessity of a legislative decision to be made by Congress, and that the president was committed to helping them make a deal.

The administration seeks, along with Republican lawmakers, to find a compromise that protects dreamers and also provides funding for a border wall, as well as the elimination of so-called "chain migration" and the visa lottery. Democrats seek a “clean” DACA bill, which just protects Dreamers.

What do you think?

Do you think the injunction is a good thing, or not? Do you think compromise legislation is the answer to move this conversation forward, or is a clean DACA bill the only option?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen via Wikipedia / Creative Commons)

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