6 March 2018 UPDATED
Handling of DACA’s Illegal Immigrants
I find it interesting that an illegal executive order by President Obama “authorized” and encouraged illegal immigrants to come to and stay in the United States without regard to US Immigration laws. This Executive Order known as DACA (Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals) was set to expire on 6 March 2018.
What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
NOTE: Please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website for the most current information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Since its inception by the Obama Administration the unlawful Executive Order on DACA was labeled as an undertaking and an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety, including individuals convicted of crimes with particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders, DHS will exercise prosecutorial discretion as appropriate to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines. Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Individuals can call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 with questions or to request more information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process or visit www.uscis.gov.
During the 2016 election campaign Donald Trump said he would end DACA and begin deportation of illegal immigrants beginning with those who commit serious crimes in the US.
After being elected and sworn into office President Trump reiterated his intent on allowing DACA to end on 6 March 2018 at the natural end of the Obama unlawful Executive Order.
In September 2017 President Trump stated publicly that congress has the mandate to write legislation and they could do so to the DACA legal, otherwise on 6 March 2018 the DACA program would end.
In January 2018 President Trump met with congressional leaders of both parties and of both houses and went so far as to challenge congress to legalize the DACA program by writing legislation that he would sign into law.
In recent weeks federal judges have blocked the president from allowing DACA to expire. This action was appealed in federal court and as of 6 March 2018 was overturned.
Other actions being taken by cities and in states across the nation have ranged from governors and mayors attempting to obstruct justice by declaring their states and cities “Sanctuaries” where illegal immigrants are safe from deportation.
Recently the mayor of Oakland, California went so far as informing illegals of pending ICE raids, where violent felons were targeted for apprehension and arrest. This was a very real obstruction of justice and the mayor could and should be arrested and charged to face up to 10 years in prison. As of 6 March 2018 the DOJ has sued the state of California for interfering with immigration enforcement, so this may go to the US Supreme Court.
Another mayor of Chicago, Illinois has gone so far as create a photo ID to be issued to illegal immigrants that is considered proof of residency and “authorizing” their right to vote. This action is illegal as the right to vote is a right of US citizens, not immigrants. A consequence of this action by the mayor’s office is that initially only illegal immigrants will receive this identification card, thus making it easier for ICE agents to apprehend, detain and deport them. This should subject the mayor to federal charges of obstruction of justice which carries with it a 10 year prison sentence.
What is troubling about this entire situation is the response from members of congress, both house and senate and of both parties is the emphasis being placed on “pandering” to illegal immigrants (not wanting to be seen as offending anyone) while ignoring their constitutional responsibilities of upholding or changing laws (if need be) and giving the American people the middle finger.
This organized resistance movement by congress is in effect subversion of a sitting president, who with his administration has made it very clear that national security is a top priority. Securing our borders (with a wall or barrier where necessary), major immigration reform and enforcement of current US laws.
There have been demonstrations concerning DACA, initially aimed at President Trump, but now shifting (as it should) toward members of congress who have taken no positive action to address DACA or immigration reform.
My question to those who applied and were accepted under the DACA program, what actions have you taken toward becoming US citizens? Many have already gone that route, but if you have not, now would be a good time to take the necessary steps. – I am the Real Truckmaster!