An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is applauding the Trump administration for urging the Supreme Court to hear DACA cases this judicial term.
The Washington Times reports that even though some cases involving the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are still pending in lower courts, the Trump administration is asking the high court to immediately take up the cases. Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco told the justices that waiting on decisions would mean the issue would be pushed for at least a year. That, Francisco said, would leave in place an "unlawful" DACA program that Trump and his advisers have concluded must go.
Dave Ray is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform is hopeful the Supreme Court takes up the issue – and rules quickly.
"... So that people who have DACA protection can move on with their lives," Dave Ray explains. "And [so] we can clarify powers of an existing president to do away with executive actions taken by previous administrations that are of questionable legality."
Based on the precedent of a similar case, Ray believes SCOTUS will ultimately rule to do away with DACA.
"We have a pretty good indication of where it will end up in the courts from what happened to DAPA, a similar illegal executive amnesty concocted by the Obama administration," he tells OneNewsNow. "DAPA was Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. These were illegal aliens who in essence had anchor babies in the United States, and the Obama administration was attempting to grant them an executive amnesty."
Because that was struck down in the courts, Ray believes the Supreme Court will ultimately strike down DACA as well.
The 'Trump effect' on immigration
The Center for Immigration Studies has released a study that shows that in 2016 the U.S. tied its all-time record for new immigrant arrivals – both legal and illegal. That report says 1.75 million arrivals came during the final year of Barack Obama's presidency, tying the mark set in 1999 as the highest year of all time. It was up from 1.62 million in 2015 and just 1.8 million in 2011.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of CIS, says "this really does point to how a country like ours is going to deal with huge levels of immigration. And remember this isn't just legal and illegal – it's also guest workers who live here for a long time. A lot of them end up just staying permanently."
Krikorian admits he can't understand why President Trump is enamored with the guest worker program and is a "big fan" of importing foreign workers.
"For all his rhetoric [and] for all the way other people think that he's a hawk on immigration, he actually thinks – because of the economy – [that] we need to be importing more and more and more foreign workers ... and that's bad news," he says. "That's not what the people voting for him thought they were voting for."
Krikorian expects the numbers will drop for 2017, the full first year of Trump's presidency. "... The numbers for the first six months of 2017 suggest there might be a slight slow-down from that high level – and that would suggest that there is a Trump effect, if you will, on overall immigration," he describes.