July 11, 2022

Enough! DACA and DREAMers have been at the mercy of the courts for too long. Step up, Congress | Editorial

The Miami Herald Editorial Board writes:

"In the cruel game that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program — DACA — has become, its recipients have had some walks, base hits and home runs. But they now are at grave risk of being struck out. And that would be a terrible outcome.

The conservative Fifth District Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments last week seeking both to save DACA and to kill it. The program, created by President Obama in 2012, protects from deportation some young people who, as children, were brought to the United States illegally by their parents or other adults. DACA, rightly, also grants them work permits when they’re of age.


The Herald Editorial Board has always supported DACA, citing the cruelty of deporting this particular class of undocumented immigrants, possibly separating families from children who subsequently were born in the United States and therefore, are U.S. citizens. Myriad studies have detailed how DACA recipients — so-called DREAMers — have enhanced communities across the country, through working, often in essential, front-line jobs; signing up for military service; paying taxes. According to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], in 2018, DREAMers contributed almost $78 billion in taxes in this state alone. Besides the inhumane aspect of ending DACA, is this another loss the state — and nation — wants to sustain?"

Read more at miamiherald.com

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