Congress, stop delaying DACA
CONGRESS IS back from a two-week recess without much of an agenda. Here, therefore, is a constructive and eminently feasible suggestion: Rescue the “dreamers.”
These are the young immigrants raised and educated in the United States whose jobs, prospects and lives have hung in the balance since President Trump last year announced the end of an Obama-era program that protects them from deportation. As legislative recklessness goes, congressional inaction on this issue is extreme. It amounts to a kiss-off for a huge group of people, most of them in their teens and 20s and American in every sense but the narrowly legal one.
For now, federal courts have frozen Mr. Trump’s effort to rescind the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the protections it affords nearly 700,000 dreamers, to say nothing of even more who were once eligible to enroll. The deportation squads are temporarily in check, but the dreamers are nonetheless in limbo, working and studying as usual yet fully aware that a wrecking ball hangs over their futures.
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