The return of the DACA fight in Congress, explained

05/24/2018 Vox

dacaCongress looks like it’s about to get into another contentious, high-stakes, nearly impossible-to-resolve fight over young unauthorized immigrants brought to the US as children, known as DREAMers.

More and more members of Congress are signing on to a discharge petition, which would force votes on several legislative fixes for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the House. The Trump administration decided to fully sunset DACA in March, though the fate of the program has been held up by court rulings.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) says he has enough support to force floor votes on immigration, but he continues to negotiate behind closed doors with leadership to find a compromise bill.

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GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team via @thehill

05/17/2018 The Hill

paulryan2Momentum is building for an insurgent effort by centrist Republicans to force immigration votes on the House floor despite GOP leadership’s attempt to tamp down the rebellion.

The unfolding legislative battle is a nightmare for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his lieutenants, because it exposes a fervent intraparty split in the GOP and pits leadership against many of the politically vulnerable members that are key to saving the Republican majority this fall.

A pair of GOP lawmakers on Wednesday signed on to a discharge petition that would set up a series of votes on immigration bills on the House floor later this year. The move came just hours after party leaders pleaded with rank-and-file members to stand down.

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Texas suit could speed DACA’s path to Supreme Court

05/10/2018 The Washington Post

dreamersThree judges have ordered the Trump administration to continue a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Now, a lawsuit filed last week in Texas seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and may create a legal clash that could speed the issue’s path to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump’s decision in September to phase out the Obama-era program, called DACA, resulted in protests and a failed congressional effort to salvage it. Experts say it’s a matter of when, not if, the Supreme Court will rule on the program. It could be the second opportunity for the high court to weigh in on a high-profile decision of the president’s, with a ruling on Trump’s travel ban expected before the end of June.

Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, said the Texas lawsuit filed May 1 tees up “a fast pass to the Supreme Court.”

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Judge Permits Government to Appeal DACA Lawsuit

04/30/2018 The New York Times

dreamersA federal judge in Brooklyn gave permission to the government on Monday to appeal his recent decision that allowed two lawsuits seeking to preserve a program that shields some undocumented young adults from deportation to cite President Trump’s “racially charged language” against Latinos.

The decision by the judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis, presents an opportunity for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to weigh in on a central legal question in the case that has divided federal courts in the past several months: Can controversial statements that Mr. Trump made on the campaign trail be used in litigation against his actions as president?

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Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications

04/24/2018 The Washington Post

dreamersA D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to provide more solid reasoning for ending the program.

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Trump heats up rhetoric on border, immigration as some supporters grow impatient

04/03/2018 The Washington Post

dreamPresident Trump’s sharp shift in tone on immigration this week from would-be dealmaker back to the hard-line stance he campaigned on comes amid signs that some of his conservative base is growing impatient for him to fulfill promises on the border wall and other measures to crack down on illegal immigration.

Over the past two days, Trump has issued declarations on Twitter that shut the door on a legislative deal to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, blamed Democrats for the failure, demanded the Mexican government take stronger action to close the border, and conflated a refu­gee crisis from Central America with the Obama-era deferred-action program that Trump ended in the fall.

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Trump criticizes his Justice Department for not joining fight over Arizona driver’s licenses for ‘dreamers’

03/21/2018 The Washington Post

dreamPresident Trump on Wednesday criticized his own Justice Department for not urging the Supreme Court to get involved in a fight over whether Arizona can deny driver’s licenses to the young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers.”

In a morning tweet, Trump said he agreed with Fox News commentator Lou Dobbs, who criticized the inaction on a Tuesday night segment of his show.

“Are you kidding me?” Dobbs asked his viewers, after recounting the case.

“Department of Justice should have urged the Supreme Court to at least hear the Drivers License case on illegal immigrants in Arizona,” Trump wrote. “I agree with @LouDobbs. Should have sought review.”

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