According to a top immigration official in the Trump administration, over a million people in the United States could be quickly placed in the deportation lines despite them having a special protected status.
The official, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, told the Hispanic Members of Congress that a program is known as DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – is under threat of extinction when it goes to the court as soon as September. Kelly also stated that several attorneys he has talked to say that DACA is not “legally sustainable.”
The meeting left several of the attendees in shock. U.S. Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez estimates that millions of people could be deported and said the following:
“I have never left a meeting so emotionally affected than from what I just heard inside. And I’m positive that my colleagues heard the same thing that I heard.”
The emotion meeting lastest over an hour and according to McClatchy DC, discussed several topics:
“Kelly spent more than an hour in an emotional Capitol Hill meeting discussing DACA, TPS and other Trump administration concerns with the Democrats. It was a dramatic shift in tone for Kelly who in previous meetings has cast himself as someone who protected the program. Trump and Republican leaders have also repeatedly stated that the 800,000 immigrants currently protected by the DACA program shouldn’t be concerned.”
The DACA program protects the youth that come into the country with their illegal parents and also allows them to gain work permits. President Trump has said numerous times that these “Dreamers” wouldn’t have to worry about deportation. In a news conference in February, he said the following:
“To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids – in many cases, not in all cases. In some of the cases, they’re having DACA and they’re gang members and their drug members too. But you have some absolutely incredible kids – i would say mostly – they were brought in here in such a way. It’s a very, very tough subject.”
While President Trump has never said he would not send them back, he has alluded to the fact that he doesn’t want to because it presents “ difficult subjects.” But as of last month, Republican state officials including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged Trump to stop the “controversial programs” that former president Obama put in place in 2012.
Kelly supports the idea of the DACA program but doesn’t believe the Trump administration will be able to defend the program in court. His solution is to get a bipartisan working relationship to pass legislation that will create a long-term solution.
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