DACA lives on; immigration reform group disappointed

Friday, August 7, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

CA immigration marchAn immigration reform organization finds it unfortunate that the Trump administration has essentially "punted" on trying to end the contentious Obama-era program designed to give amnesty to certain young illegal aliens.

The Trump administration recently announced a one-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The extension comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the administration didn't properly follow procedural guidelines in the Administrative Procedures Act to end the program.

Ira Mehlman is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Mehlman

"So, while they are working on some kind of revision – dotting all their I's and crossing all their T's, which they should have done in the first place – the president has extended this for one year," he tells OneNewsNow. "And while they figure this out, they're taking a hundred days to review what they need to do and how to handle the program, which takes us past the election."

Mehlman sees some good news in the administration's decision. "The good news is that they are not going to accept any new applications," says the FAIR spokesman. "The one-year extension is for people who already have DACA status, and anybody whose renewal comes up during this period will be able to renew for one year."

Mehlman says it's unclear what will happen to DACA beneficiaries after the comprehensive review and the one-year extension. The president has spoken vaguely about addressing DACA through an executive order or through legislation, but has not provided any details. Joe Biden, who will presumably be Trump's opponent in November, wants to keep DACA unconditionally.

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