Immigration coalition calls for permanent solution to DACA
A broad coalition of advocacy groups and think tanks called Friday on President Trump and Congress to pass permanent legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program following a Supreme Court decision that highlighted the program’s temporary nature.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling gives DACA recipients and the U.S. communities they contribute to a sigh of relief,” reads a joint statement released by Americans For Prosperity (AFP), Bipartisan Policy Center Action (BPC Action), Fwd.US, National Immigration Forum (NIF), Niskanen Center, The Libre Initiative and UnidosUS.
“However, DACA recipients continue to face immense uncertainty without a permanent solution from Congress,” it adds.
The groups span the array of the political spectrum, from AFP and Libre in conservative mega-donor Charles Koch’s network; to NIF, an immigrant rights organization; BPC Action, the political advocacy wing of the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank; Fwd.US, an immigration advocacy group funded by the tech industry; the Niskanen Center, a center-right think tank; and UnidosUS, the country’s largest Latino civil rights organization.
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Thursday invalidated Trump’s 2017 order rescinding DACA but left the door open for the administration to try again.
“Today’s decision also confirms what many already know — Congress must act to provide a permanent solution. A permanent solution is vital for Dreamers as well as for the communities, businesses, and institutions across our country they serve,” wrote the groups in the joint statement.
Trump wrote Friday on Twitter that the Supreme Court “punted” and “we will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfill the Supreme Court’s ruling & request of yesterday.”
Trump’s original order set off a flurry of legislative activity through the summer of 2018, when a bipartisan immigration proposal seemed to have a chance of passing Congress.
That deal was scuttled by the White House and replaced with an all-Republican package that failed to pass the House before Democrats took control of the chamber that November.
Democrats passed a permanent replacement for DACA through the House last summer, but only seven Republicans voted for that bill, the American Dream and Promise Act.
That bill has not been taken up by the Senate.
“Despite widespread public support, Congress has evaded its work to approve a permanent solution for Dreamers for far too long. They know how to solve this. There was never a need to wait for this decision and now there is no excuse,” reads the joint statement.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that three-quarters of U.S. adults support giving DACA recipients — known as “Dreamers” — a path to permanent legal status.
“It’s time for the White House and lawmakers — on both sides of the aisle — to put partisanship aside and stand together to work out a permanent solution for Dreamers and the U.S. communities they serve,” reads the statement.