Uncertain Fate of "Dreamers" Continues
The negotiations regarding the fact of the “dreamers” are ongoing. Early on Tuesday morning, Trump announced that this “will be our last chance” to reach an agreement on the issue. He is advocating for a bipartisan deal, Politico reported.
The President tweeted his concern.
After the discontinuation of the DACA program last September, the Trump administration has seemingly toed and froed about the outcome for the 670,000 people implicated in these discussions. The ending of the DACA program came with a built-in 6 month window so that Congress could put DACA protections into law. As Trump’s tweet suggests, this window ends March 5th.
The validity of the March 5th deadline has been questioned since a federal judge in San Francisco recently ordered the Trump administration to continue to accept DACA applications. Later on Tuesday, a second federal judge from New York also ruled that Trump cannot end DACA indefinitely, stating that the administration’s decision was “erroneous and capricious.”
The President had previously suggested that if Congress failed to reach an agreement by the March 5th deadline, he would revisit the issue and reconsider. The tweet on Tuesday, however, seems to suggest that Trump has had a change of heart.
Trump’s own plan, which includes a path to citizenship for “dreamers,” has not been embraced by Democrats due to the demands that come with it, including funding for a wall along the Mexico border.
The plan put forth by GOP senators would permit “dreamers” a path to citizenship, in addition to alotting more funding for border security, ending the diversity visa lottery system, and limiting extended family migration.
Following Tuesday’s federal court ruling, a spokesperson for the US Department of Justice re-stated the Trump administration's position that the Obama-era DACA program was implemented unlawfully, rendering it unconstitutional.
"The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend this position, and looks forward to vindicating its position in further litigation," spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement.