Where We’re at With DACA

Though he ran for president saying he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, President Donald Trump has taken a middle approach to the program. Started by Obama through an executive order, it lets people brought illegally to the U.S.when they were under 16 to obtain renewable two-year work and education permits after passing background checks.

Obama had majorities in the House and Senate in 2008 after he was elected president. He could have tried to pass DACA legislatively, but he didn’t. Republican opposition was too strong. Instead, he made an end-run around Congress despite Congress’s constitutional responsibility for such matters. He implemented it through executive order in 2012. Had Obama got legislative agreement, the “dreamers’” status wouldn’t be a question now.

Trump asserted that the executive order violated the Constitution. Once in office, he tried to save it and make it Constitutional, by having Congress encode the program into law. He also said he would sign DACA legislation as long as Congress also funded the border wall.

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