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List of Demands for Reaching DACA Deal
Revealed October 8, 2017

Summary

On Sunday, October 8, the White House revealed a list of demands that must be met in order for President Trump to strike a deal with Democrats on the future of the 800,000 DACA recipients and their legal statuses in the United States. Amongst these demands include tighter border control, specifically to prevent thousands of children fleeing from violence in Central America from entering the country illegally, as well as the construction of a southern border wall and legislation that would create a new immigration system in which people are admitted into the country based on skill, not family connection. If a deal is not reached by March, then thousands of Dreamers are at risk of being deported back to countries they have never known to be home.

Analysis

First and foremost, this list of demands, should any of them be met, result in a Catch-22 for Dreamers; their legal status would result in stricter immigration laws that could impact their families, friends, even themselves, and thousands of people across the world who come to the United States in search of a better life.

Furthermore, these demands, many of which are cruel and unfairly directed at children, render any chance of legitimate compromise between Democrats and Republicans nearly impossible. The future of Dreamers, and the entire immigrant community, still remains largely unknown.

Engagement Resources

  • Get Involved with Here to Stay: Here to Stay is a campaign run by United We Dream aimed at defending DACA. The organization hosts local Defend DACA rallies and other events, holds community calls, and provides resources for understanding DACA, as well as mental health resources for anyone who is affected by Trump’s decision to end DACA.
  • Take Action with the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending immigrants with low income. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came here in search of a better life. You can help NILC advance its mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.
  • Support Kids In Need of Defense: KIND protects immigrant and refugee children through providing them with pro bono legal services and educating the public on the most pressing issues facing the child immigrant and refugee community. You can support KIND through donating and/or getting involved in the Back to School campaign.

This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact allie@usresistnews.org.


 

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