A few weeks ago, Democratic leaders met with President Trump to discuss immigration. The impression left by Democrats was that the two sides had come to an understanding, especially when it came to Dreamers and the continuation of DACA. However, the President announced that no such deal had been struck. This has thrown immigrants all over the country on edge as their fate becomes the center of the latest fight in Washington.
What Does the Future Hold for Dreamers?
Since that fateful meeting, the President has released a series of demands regarding immigration. Before he will support protections for dreamers, he wants a border wall, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, the denial of federal funds to “sanctuary cities” and stricter rules against people bringing their extended family into the country. The list of these demands continues, but not many in Congress agree with the President, and they have presented plans of their own.
Acts to Protect Dreamers:
- The Dream Act is the piece of legislation that Democrats are focusing on. It allows Dreamers, undocumented children brought to the U.S. by their parents, the chance to avoid deportation while working toward citizenship. It has fewer conditions than other measures on the table, and was introduced in 2001.
- The Succeed Act, which has some Republican support, also supports a path to citizenship for Dreamers. However, provisions in this bill wouldn’t allow sponsored family members, and the path to citizenship takes longer with the Succeed Act.
- The Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act is another measure that could support Dreamer paths to citizenship. It includes measures to fortify the border, build access roads along the border, and a program to crack down on gangs.
With the President pursuing his own immigration agenda, and Congress advances its own policies, several potential futures hang in the balance. What measures do you think will win the day? Is there a compromise that can be reached? Contact the Burga Law Firm if you or a loved one needs assistance from an experienced immigration attorney.