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DACA Timeline

January 26, 2018

Mitch McConnell
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

It all started in 2012 with President Obama’s executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which would defer deportation for young immigrants who entered the United States illegally and were at risk for deportation. Under the order, Dreamers had to meet certain criteria and their deportation deferral was renewable on a two-year basis.

In August 2016, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, released a 10-point immigration plan that included the end of DACA. After President Trump’s election, he unveiled a softer stance on immigration policy, claiming that he wanted to work with Congress to develop a program for Dreamers. In February 2017, Trump claimed that he wanted to “deal with DACA with heart.”

The Trump administration rescinded DACA in September of 2017. The administration planned to adjudicate applications filed by September 5th and reject applications filed after that date. Individuals who had already been accepted for DACA would be able to apply for renewal by October 5th. Trump insisted that he would revisit the issue if legislators could not agree on a policy. “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” he tweeted.

On January 9th, 2018, a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to keep DACA with the same conditions that were included before its repeal in September. The administration resumed acceptance of DACA renewal applications. In a meeting ordered to strike a deal on immigration policy, President Trump reportedly said, “Why are we having these people from shithole countries come here?” Driving this matter close to home, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin made comments on Trump’s speech saying it was “hate-filled, vile, and racist.” President Trump later tweeted that “Senator Dick Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA…”

At the end of President Trump’s first year in office, Senate Democrats demanded a solution for Dreamers in exchange for their votes on a continuing resolution to fund the government. When Senate Republicans excluded a deal for Dreamers in the appropriations legislation, many Democrats rejected it. With a failed bill, the government experienced its first shutdown since 2013.

On January 22nd, the Senate voted 81-18 to end the government shutdown. Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell promised to bring a vote on DACA by February 8th.

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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