Luma Simms is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; her essays, articles, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications including National Affairs, Law and Liberty, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, the Institute for Family Studies, and others.

Congress Should Fix DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (herein DACA) is a program President Obama initiated with a executive order in June 2012. It allows children who entered the United States illegally before 2007 to obtain two-year work permits in perpetuity. It does not provide a path for citizenships nor welfare privileges. It only makes it possible for these children who are now young adults to be able to become productive members of our society. Currently approximately 800,000 people are enrolled in the program, which pays for itself via its own application fees.

Politico reported on September 4 that President Trump is delaying a decision on whether he will rescind DACA. He is giving Congress six months to find a legislative solution. House Speaker Paul Ryan and others say it is Congress’ responsibility to fix the situation.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said, “The White House has the power to end DACA… This would be a drastic mistake… It can only make our complicated immigration issues worse. It will poison our national debates and damage the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who pose no threat to anyone.”

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